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GRANT WAHL
June 07, 2010
As soccer gets serious in the States, scrutiny has intensified and expectations have soared. Meet the men of Team USA, who'll take on the world in South Africa
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June 07, 2010

All Americans

As soccer gets serious in the States, scrutiny has intensified and expectations have soared. Meet the men of Team USA, who'll take on the world in South Africa

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RICARDO CLARK

MIDFIELDER

Age: 27

Caps: 28

A hard worker who'll push for a starting central spot, Clark took a risk by moving from MLS to Eintracht Frankfurt in January, but he fought past injuries to earn playing time and a three-year contract extension. He sometimes lacks sharpness with his passes but can unleash a powerful long-range shot, as he did to score an important goal in a qualifier at Trinidad last year.

CARLOS BOCANEGRA

DEFENDER

Age: 31

Caps: 78

The U.S. captain can play at left back or in central defense and is a threat to score with his head on set pieces. A regular for Rennes in the French first division, Bocanegra is smart positionally but isn't speedy—an increased concern after his sports-hernia surgery on May 5. But he's fearless, willing to sacrifice his body and respected by his teammates for his quiet leadership.

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