USA World Cup Squad 2010
The USA have been improving as a football nation and have appeared in the last five World Cups which is a sign of their improvement, several of their players now ply their trade in Europe and they will be dangerous opposition for England despite being underdogs. The Head Coach of the team is Bob Bradley and he will hoping to lead the team to victory against England and into the knock-out phase of the tournament.
It was only a few years ago that they were minnows in world football, a team that got very little success but over the last 10 to 15 years they have gradually become a stronger unit. They are now a battle hardened team who are more than capable of mixing it with any team it comes up against, they will certainly not fear England and will be relishing the challenge of facing England.
The team have a decent record in recent years in the World Cup as they showed in 2002 when they went all the way to the Quarter-Finals, that was a top team and the 2010 team will be bidding to emulate that feat. They are a squad that is not short of experience with the likes of Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Carlos Bocanegra likely to be featuring for the Eagles of America.
The USA are second favourites to progress from the World Cup Group C and they will know that a win or draw against England in their first match will stand them in good stead, they will have a big fan base back in the US mainly due to the increased popularity of the MLS in recent seasons. Ironically, one of England's top players has played a major role in boosting the sport and its rise in the states, that man of course is David Beckham who has been playing for the LA Galaxy in recent seasons
Final USA World Cup Squad
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start) Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy) Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla)