The six-time U.S. player of the year has found a role at left midfield for coach Bob Bradley that allows him to exploit his speed to cut inside and run at defenders. Donovan can be deadly on the counterattack, as Brazil learned in last year's Confederations Cup final.
The Fulham mainstay walks a fine line between brilliance on the ball and the unforced giveaway. Whether positioned on the right flank or up top, Dempsey must be on his game for the U.S. to reach its potential. Of all the Americans, he's the most likely to produce a piece of wizardry.