The U.S. roster

World rank: 8

How they got here: They won their group by one point, scoring 19 goals and allowing 13.

World Cup best finish: Semifinals, 1930

A player-by-player look at the U.S. roster:

Name/Ht./Wt./Club team/Previous Cups

Goalies

Guzan, Brad/6-4/210/Aston Villa/None

Team’s No. 3 keeper; he must control the box.

Hahnemann, Marcus/6-3/220/Wolverhampton/2006

Team’s No. 2 keeper; good on low shots

Howard, Tim/6-3/210/Everton/2006

He’s the key to the U.S. team; if he’s locked in he will keep the team in every game.

Defenders

Bocanegra, Carlos/6-0/170/Rennes/2002, ‘06

Team captain will play on the left; good going forward; great on set pieces.

Bornstein, Jonathan/5-9/145/Chivas USA/None

Only made the team because choices were few

Cherundolo, Steve/5-6/145/Hannover ‘96/2002, ‘06

Veteran can provide experience on right or left.

DeMerit, Jay/6-0/185/Watford/None

Good in the air, can be exposed by quickness; he is recovering from abdominal strain.

Goodson, Clarence/6-4/170/IK Start/None

Earned his spot on the roster with hard work; could be a named a suprise starter in middle.

Onyewu, Oguchi/6-4/210/A.C. Milan/2006

Can dominate in the air when healthy; only he knows if he’s truly 100 percent.

Spector, Jonathan/6-0/180/West Ham/None

Very good with crosses going forward; can lose players in space on defense.

Midfielders

Beasley, DaMarcus/5-8/145/Rangers/2002, ‘06

On-again, off-again player whose speed can cause problems; liability on defense.

Bradley, Michael/6-2/175/ Mönchengladbach/None

Temperamental player who is good at making runs to unlock defenses.

Clark, Ricardo/5-10/150/Eintracht/None

Fast and capable ball-holder; may have lost minutes with poor Turkey game.

Dempsey, Clint/6-1/170/Fulham

His style is the most international of anyone on the U.S. roster; very daring shooter.

Donovan, Landon/5-8/158/Galaxy/2002, ‘06

Arguably the team’s best player, he will dominate or he will disappear.

Edu, Maurice/6-0/170/Rangers/None

Often finds himself in goal-scoring spots.

Feilhaber, Benny/5-9/150/AGF Aarhus/None

A situation player, provides good passes but can also make dumb mistakes.

Holden, Stuart/5-10/160/Bolton/None

Like most U.S. mids, tough and physical; can play any position in midfield.

Torres, Jose’/5-7/135/Pachuca/None

Brings creativity to the U.S. attack as well as a calming presence.

Forwards

Altidore, Jozy/6-1/175/Villareal/None

Tough in the box, he will be the tip of the spear on offense; must watch his temper.

Buddle, Edson/6-1/185/Galaxy/None

In good form; scored nine goals for club so far.

Findley, Robbie/5-9/165/Real Salt Lake/None

Unproven but made the team because he’s very fast; may have earned more minutes in friendlies.

Gomez, Herculez/5-10/165/Pachuca/None

Scored 10 goals at Puebla; a poacher in the box.

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