USA National Team
The USA national team never seemed in jeopardy of not getting a spot for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. After clinching the first place in the final Hexagonal for the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone playoffs, the team has a solid chance during the 2010 contest. Of course, the team also won second place in the South Africa Confederations Cup during 2009, so going to the soccer World Cup is truly not a surprise for this team. Get World cup 2010 USA Products here!
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The USA national team might not be known for the dazzling style of many European and South American teams, but they certainly do have staying power. Rather than dazzling style, the team is marked by efficiency and skill, which seems to work well enough for them. Making it to South Africa for the 2010 contest has seen the US go up against teams like Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Cuba, Guatemala, and archrivals Mexico. It was the win over Honduras (3-2) that cinched their trip back to South Africa.
Players to watch for on the USA national team include Landon Donovan, who plays for the LA Galaxy. However, while his ability has never been questioned when playing for his home team, he excels at international competition. Other players that will offer a challenge for teams going against the US include Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu. The team is certainly solid, offering a strong offense and defense, but it remains to be seen just how well they will fare against the best that the world has to offer.
The coach for the US is Bob Bradley, who saw the team through a string of ten games unbeaten. He was also the strategist responsible for the team’s defeat of Spain during the Confederations Cup in 2009 (Spain was the favorite in the contest). Of course, the team lost to Brazil during the finals, but the win over Spain helped to cement Bradley’s reputation as a world-class coach.
The USA national team might not be the favorites this year and the US certainly has a limited presence in the world of soccer, but the team has a high level of ability, and, just maybe, the skills that it takes to make it to the semi-finals. If they can make it to the next level, then there is a good chance that they might just take the Cup.