As World Cup 2014 approaches, America's soccer-fans-in-training are looking for an excuse to either emotionally invest in a national squad with the odds stacked against it, or in foreign teams full of pretty-boy savants and shameless floppers. Soccer fandom is complicated, but this year's tournament is making it easier to enjoy the competition. There are grudge matches right out of the gate, must-win games for would-be worldbeaters, and home town crowds looking for an excuse to riot. Welcome to Brazil.
The Veterans Know What They're Doing
Team USA Captain Clint Dempsey was the first Yank to shine in Europe, but U.S. success really hinges on Michael Bradley, the team's most important player, and a tough, tireless guy who seems to get better with every game. He's fast in transition and a brilliant at distribution, which makes everyone around him considerably more dangerous.
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