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A regular starter for Mönchengladbach in Germany, the U.S. coach's son long ago put to rest questions of nepotism. His vision and midfield tackling are critical, but he must avoid the mental mistakes that saw him suspended for decisive matches in the 2007 Gold Cup, '08 Olympics and '09 Confederations Cup. Improved stamina should help him cut down on risky late-game challenges.
The Green Bay native went from MLS reject playing in London Sunday pub leagues to Premier League starter. His national team breakthrough came at the '09 Confederations Cup, where he was a key to the upset of world No. 1 Spain. What the Watford center back lacks in pedigree and ball skills he makes up for with smarts and raw desire.