The World Cup, a spectacle that comes around every four years; an event that brings the top talent from all across the world and showcases them on one stage. In 2014, that stage will be Brazil. Next year marks the twentieth World Cup. It will be quite the show, with some of the best countries like Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil the host, and of course the U.S.A competing for the championship. Some would say with the new look of the American side, they have the best shot in over a decade of making a real run for the glory. There are a plethora of new players, with talents coming home from clubs all over the world. For instance, we have multiple players in Barclay’s (Altidore, Howard and Geoff Cameron, to name a few, are with Sunderland, Everton and Stoke). In Germany, Jermaine Jones is at Shalke and Fabian Johnson is at Hoffenheim. We also have a handful of players competing in Mexico, and others in France and Belgium. This National team is much different than ones in the past. We have players competing at the highest level all over the globe, experiencing top class soccer, diversifying their game and making them a better team for the U.S.A.
In 2014, team U.S.A. has a chance to do something Sam’s Army has never done: win the world cup. This year, we have already beat some of the world’s highest ranked teams. Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and our rivals Mexico. But could this really be America’s chance to succeed in the soccer world and get out of the shadows? Only time will tell if the likes of Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Josy Altidore and the rest of the boys in red, white and blue will come alive under the bright lights. They have already qualified but we will have to wait until December 6th to see whom we face in group play.
Until then, grab yourselves some national team gear and wave your American flag high and proud as we await the marvelous stage, always remembering the team’s slogan, “Don’t tread on me”.