Squad

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders).

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johansson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

Fixtures

16th June v Ghana (Natal)

22nd June v Portugal (Manaus)

26th June v Germany (Recife)

Strengths

They may revel in their underdog status in a tough group. Jurgen Klinsmann give his squad a sense of belief and they have the ability to frustrate teams. Good performances from key players Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley could see them steal a win or two.

Weaknesses

The majority of the squad now ply their trade in the MLS so may be lacking in top class experience. Striker Jozy Altidore has been poor since his move to Sunderland.

Key Player

Clint Dempsey. The Seattle Sounders forward still possesses great ability and can hold up the ball to bring other into play. He could be the bright spark to lead the USA forward.

Prediction

In a weaker group, they would have had a good chance to make it to the knockouts. But in a group consisting of Germany and Portugal, it is difficult to see them progress this time around.

Odds

225/1

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