Meet the 23 Soccer Players Who Will Lead the USMNT in the World Cup [VIDEO]
U.S. Soccer released 23 videos featuring each man on the USMNT’s final squad heading to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. While the videos are short, they’re powerful and help give insight into the players we see on the pitch representing the United States. Here are the 23 listed below in alphabetical order.
As a Haitian American, the striker talks about the inspiration he finds in his family, how close to home the disasters in Haiti hit, and how he does what he could to help the people in Haiti.
Family man DeMarcus Beasley shows what it was like to be coached by your dad and how fatherhood changes you. With the support of his family behind him, Beasley gives us a glimpse into his everyday home life.
The 32-year-old midfielder begins his video by undoing his famous dread locks and talks about reading and his dreams for playing for the USMNT.
With a thirst for travel and culture, Alejandro Bedoya talks about his attempt at learning French and the incredible impact his father has had on his life.
A Kansas native, Matt Besler shows how important family is by talking about the bonds he shares with his brothers and the interesting way he and his wife received wedding gifts.
Sometimes seen as unemotional, Michael Bradley opens up to U.S. Soccer and shares what it’s like as a father and a husband playing soccer professionally.
One of the newer members of the USMNT, John Brooks talks about his family, his dog Cash, and his pride at representing the United States.
The self proclaimed “clean freak” boasts about his cooking skills and what it was like growing up in Boston playing sports and cheering on all types of New England teams.
Quick on the field, Timmy Chandler enjoys trying to make his teammates laugh despite his interesting accent and how he enjoys being an Uncle and all the struggles and rewards that come with it.
Coming from a family with deep ties to the military, Brad Davis speaks about giving back to military families that help serve our country as well as charities he’s helped start as a professional athlete.
As the Captain set to lead the 23 through a difficult group, Clint Dempsey talks about growing up in a small town and how that helped him become the dominant player he is today.
He’s got a mouthful of a name and talent to boot, Mix Diskerud shows off his juggling skills and how he developed an unusual relationship with a stray cat.
Explains his progression as a chef and how he met his wife over the word game, “Words with Friends”.
The German-American speaks about family, his relationship with his mom, and how much he enjoys watching hockey.
The back-up goalie explains how his “Polar Bear” nickname helped the USMNT play in the snow, being a romantic and what it was like growing up with brothers.
The creative goalie for the USMNT shows off his tattoos and talks about some of their meanings, while also explaining his broadcasting debut and how he enjoys going on camera.
The reluctant Kevin Bacon look alike explains how he thought Jurgen Klinsman’s first phone call to the Icelandic-America was a joke and how much he enjoys playing with his teammates.
Luckily Fabian Johnson was in Miami at the right time and shares his experience watching the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship and how he felt part of the USMNT from the start.
Jermaine Jones opens up about his troubled childhood and what it was like to reconnect with his estranged father and what it’s like being a father himself.
The father of two explains what it’s like to share the game of soccer with his kids and the struggle he shared with his wife to have children and what a joy it is now to watch his wife coach their children’s soccer teams.
As member of the Kiowa tribe, Chris Wondolowski talks about his superstitions and what it was like to receive an authentic Native American name.
Walking us through his hair journey and how his crazy hairstyles have followed him through college including a mention on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, DeAndre Yedlin is as interesting as his golden mohawk.
Last but not least, Graham Zusi shares his frustration with the TV show C.S.I. and the large responsibility he and teammate Matt Besler inherited by adopting puppies.