Every time the United States football team takes part in any international tournament, it inevitably ends with an underdog tag which sticks to the team like a shadow. Although it remains a fact that football is not really a game which has been traditionally cherished in the land of Joe DiMaggio, one cannot possibly deny the fact that there have been quite a few instances in the American soccer history to prove the team’s abilities. Thus, there is quite a buzz around United States’ possibilities in the upcoming Confederation Cup, if not a canon full of expectations from fans and experts from the various parts of the world.
As far as their probable squad for the tournament is concerned it is most likely to be selected from the goalkeepers Brad Guzan, Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann, defenders Carlos Bocanegra, Danny Califf, Jay DeMerit, Frankie Hejduk, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce and Jonathan Spector, midfielders Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni and José Francisco Torres along with Jozy Altidore, Brian Ching, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson as forwards. The factor which has always been the most striking feature of any US football team was the load of experience as US still holds the record of having maximum number of players counting up to 12 who have appeared in 100 or more international games for their national team. However, this team seems to have balanced out the particular factor by taking in a number of youngsters, some of whom are almost debutants in the international arena. Apparently Coach Bob Bradley is looking for a chance to hit the jackpot with his perfectly blended team of youth and experience.
As it has been stated earlier, the expectations about USA’s performance are definitely not sky high but one cannot deny after going through the team’s past records and statistics and especially their improvement in the recent past that USA can certainly display some instances of quality football on field. Presently placed at the number 17 position in the world ranking of FIFA, USA’s international achievements include securing the third position in FIFA Confederation Cup on two occasions in 1992 and 1999. Apart from that, a third place in the 1930 FIFA World Cup certainly reveals that football is not exactly devoid of tradition in the United States. However, the US football team is perhaps comparatively at their consistent best in the CONCACAF Championships. They are the current defending champions by lifting the 2007 title besides securing the winning title on three other occasions in 1991, 2002 and 2005. They have also been the runners up in the 1989, 1993 and 1998 editions of the championship and twice they have remained in the third place in the years 1996 and 2003. Besides, USA has also succeeded in appearing in the last five FIFA World Cups in a row. However, it goes without saying that Landon Donovan is going to grab the maximum attentions from fans and critics alike.