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Meet the U.S. national team

Click on each of the 23 players to see more about his background and watch videos from training camp:
Project starter (*)Career statistics
Brad Guzan 16 U.S. Caps, Aston Villa (England)
Brad Guzan

Age: 25

Height/Weight: 6-4, 210

Hometown: Homer Glen, Ill.

Soccer Insider's take:As the understudy to American Brad Friedel at Villa, Guzan made only occasional league appearances.

Video of Guzan talking about his college and early professional career.

Marcus Hahnemann 8 U.S. Caps, Wolves (England)
Marcus Hahnemann

Age: 37

Height/Weight: 6-3, 220

Hometown: Seattle

Soccer Insider's take:An outstanding season in the Premier League probably moved him up to No. 2 on the U.S. depth chart.

Video of Hahnemann talking about how he values his degree.

Tim Howard* 51 U.S. Caps, Everton (England)
Tim Howard

Age: 31

Height/Weight: 6-3, 210

Hometown: North Brunswick, N.J.

Soccer Insider's take: Experienced and composed, excellent shot-blocker, reads the game acutely and has performed in many high-pressure situations in English Premier League and for U.S. team. The clear No. 1 choice to start every match.

Video of Howard discussing his soccer influences.

Projected starter (*)Career statistics
Carlos Bocanegra* 79 U.S. Caps, 12 Goals, Rennes (France)
Carlos Bocanegra

Age: 31

Height/Weight: 6-0, 170

Hometown: Alta Loma, Calif.

Soccer Insider's take:A regular for seven years and captain for two, he has played primarily in the middle for the national team and on the left for his club. Though he lacks the pace required by an outside back, he is most needed on the corner.

Jonathan Bornstein 32 U.S. Caps, 2 Goals, Chivas USA (MLS)
Jonathan Bornstein

Age: 25

Height/Weight: 5-9, 145

Hometown: Los Alamitos, Calif.

Soccer Insider's take:Left-sided player runs the flank well but probably lacks the technical skill to excel on the international stage.

Steve Cherundolo* 60 U.S. Caps, 2 Goals, Hannover (Germany)
Steve Cherundolo

Age: 31

Height/Weight: 5-6, 145

Hometown: San Diego

Soccer Insider's take: Steady and efficient right back started at the 2006 World Cup. Captain of his German club, which he joined almost 12 years ago after leaving the University of Portland. Seems likely to start ahead of Jonathan Spector.

Jay DeMerit* 19 U.S. Caps, 0 Goals, Watford (England)
Jay DeMerit

Age: 30

Height/Weight: 6-0, 185

Hometown: Green Bay, Wis.

Soccer Insider's take: A central back who worked his way up the English league ladder to forge a solid pro career. Rugged style is disruptive to opposing attacks and his distribution has improved.

Video of DeMerit discussing his professional career.

Clarence Goodson 13 U.S. Caps, 2 Goals, Start (Norway)
Clarence Goodson

Age: 28

Height/Weight: 6-4, 170

Hometown: Springfield

Soccer Insider's take: For an unusually tall player, the former W.T. Woodson High and Maryland standout offers excellent footwork.

Oguchi Onyewu* 54 U.S. Caps, 5 Goals, AC Milan (Italy)
Oguchi Onyewu

Age: 28

Height/Weight: 6-4, 210

Hometown: Olney

Soccer Insider's take: Towering and stuffed with muscle, “Gooch” is a forceful presence in central defense. Sidelined for seven months after rupturing a knee tendon, he has been steadily regaining fitness and recalibrating his timing.

Jonathan Spector 25 U.S. Caps, 0 Goals, West Ham (England)
Jonathan Spector

Age: 24

Height/Weight: 6-0, 180

Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.

Soccer Insider's take: Preferred position is right back, but with uncertainty surrounding the back line, he could provide cover elsewhere.

Video of Spector talking about youth soccer days.

Projected starter (*)Career statistics
DaMarcus Beasley 92 U.S. Caps, 17 Goals, Rangers (Scotland)
DaMarcus Beasley

Age: 28

Height/Weight: 5-8, 145

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.

Soccer Insider's take: Left wing with quick feet and improvisational skills is heading to his third World Cup after falling out of favor last year and earning a spot at training camp.

Michael Bradley* 43 U.S. Caps, 7 Goals, Moenchengladbach (Germany)
Michael Bradley

Age: 22

Height/Weight: 6-2, 175

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Soccer Insider's take: The coach’s son is an intense fixture in the middle of the formation, a two-way player as capable of scoring from distance as initiating an attack. Susceptible to making harsh challenges; disciplined decision-making will be key.

Ricardo Clark 29 U.S. Caps, 2 Goals, Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Ricardo Clark

Age: 27

Height/Weight: 5-10, 150

Hometown: Jonesboro, Ga.

Soccer Insider's take: Injuries limited playing time after moving to the Bundesliga from Houston over the winter, but offers experience and composure.

Video of Clark talking about his early playing days.

Landon Donovan* 123 U.S. Caps, 42 Goals, Los Angeles (MLS)
Landon Donovan

Age: 28

Height/Weight: 5-8, 158

Hometown: Redlands, Calif.

Soccer Insider's take: American soccer’s career scoring leader and most dynamic attacking player looks to redeem himself after a lackluster performance at the 2006 Cup. He creates opportunities and finishes them, and is vital to the U.S. campaign.

Maurice Edu* 13 U.S. Caps, 1 Goal, Rangers (Scotland)
Maurice Edu

Age: 24

Height/Weight: 6-0, 170

Hometown: Fontana, Calif.

Soccer Insider's take: A strong central player from the University of Maryland who earned a regular role for the Scottish champions after recovering from a knee injury. Might be called on to play in central defense.

Video of Edu talking about his youth soccer days.

Benny Feilhaber 32 U.S. Caps, 2 Goals, Aarhus (Denmark)
Benny Feilhaber

Age: 25

Height/Weight: 5-9, 150

Hometown: Irvine, Calif.

Soccer Insider's take: Technical player able to play centrally or on the flank. Returned to the team a year ago after injuries and lack of form.

Video of Feilhaber talking about his soccer start.

Stuart Holden 13 U.S. Caps, 2 Goals, Bolton (England)
Stuart Holden

Age: 24

Height/Weight: 5-10, 160

Hometown: Houston

Soccer Insider's take: Born in Scotland and raised in Texas, a product of MLS who has excelled internationally the past year and fits nicely on the right flank. Recovered from a leg fracture suffered against the Netherlands in March.

Video of Holden from training camp.

José Torres 10 U.S. Caps, 0 Goals, Pachuca (Mexico)
Jose Torres

Age: 22

Height/Weight: 5-7, 135

Hometown: Longview, Tex.

Soccer Insider's take: Clever, creative central midfielder who is finally finding his form on the international level after struggling in qualifying.

Video of Torres discussing his youth soccer days.

Clint Dempsey* 62 U.S. Caps, 18 Goals, Fulham (England)
Clint Dempsey

Age: 27

Height/Weight: 6-1, 170

Hometown: Nacogdoches, Tex.

Soccer Insider's take: Scored in the previous World Cup against Ghana and excelled at last summer’s Confederations Cup with three goals. Primarily a right-sided player but comfortable on the left and likely to start up front.

Projected starter (*)Career statistics
Jozy Altidore* 25 U.S. Caps, 9 Goals, Villareal (Spain)
Jozy Altidore

Age: 20

Height/Weight: 6-1, 175

Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.

Soccer Insider's take: Powerful, fast and clinical with his scoring stroke, the squad’s youngest member has quick-strike potential. Looks to rediscover his form after a disappointing loan stint with England’s Hull City this past season.

Edson Buddle* 3 U.S. Caps, 0 Goals, Los Angeles (MLS)
Edson Buddle

Age: 29

Height/Weight: 6-1, 185

Hometown: New Rochelle, N.Y.

Soccer Insider's take: Barely on the national team radar in recent years, the MLS veteran rekindled his hopes with a scoring surge this spring.

Video of Buddle discusses his youth soccer days.

Robbie Findley 6 U.S. Caps, 0 Goals, Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Robbie Findley

Age: 24

Height/Weight: 5-9, 165

Hometown: Phoenix

Soccer Insider's take: With Charlie Davies unavailable, Findley was the next-best choice to provide speed. Late-game appearances are likely.

Herculez Gomez 4 U.S. Caps, 1 Goal, Puebla (Mexico)
Herculez Gomez

Age: 28

Height/Weight: 5-10, 165

Hometown: Las Vegas

Soccer Insider's take: Another forgotten forward who, after several unproductive seasons in MLS, scored goals in bundles in Mexico this year.

Video of Gomez talking about his professional career.

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