U.S. Men's National Soccer Team Schedule
With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil right around the corner, here is no
time like the present to jump on the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team bandwagon. Each time the World Cup comes around there
are higher and higher expectations for the U.S. Men's National Team, and after finishing first in CONCACAF qualifiers and
beating teams like Germany and Italy in friendlies, there is no reason not to believe that the U.S. Men's National Team is
capable of leaving their mark on the 2014 World Cup despite receiving a tough draw in group play. Talent-wise this could very
well be the best and deepest team the United States has ever brought to the pitch and they will surely do their country proud
both in the World Cup and in the friendlies leading up to it as warm up matches.
On February 1, 2014 the U.S. Men's
National Team will play the first of their home tune up matches against the Korea Republic. The game will be held at StubHub
Center in Carson, California just south of Los Angeles. This match should do well to prepare the team for tough World Cup
group matches against Germany, Portugal, and Ghana. Keep your eyes on StubHub as tickets become available for more USMNT games
as the World Cup draws nearer.
Despite a tough draw facing international powerhouses Germany
and Portugal, and Ghana who has eliminated the United States in the past two World Cups, the United States Men's National
Team appears poised to make a deep run in the 2014 World Cup. They definitely have the firepower to do it with many of the
best scorers in the history of the team on the current roster. Landon Donovan is the all time leading scorer for the United
States Men's National Team, while teammate Clint Dempsey is second on the list. Additionally, Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson,
and DeMarcus Beasley are all among the top ten goal scorers in the history of the United States Men's National Team. Clearly
Jurgen Klinsmann's team will also need help on the defensive end and they will surely have that with Tim Howard, one of the
best goalkeepers in the world and in the history of U.S. soccer, manning the nets. This could well be the year that the United
States Men's National Team finally makes the world take notice of the giant strides soccer has made in the United States and
realize that the USMNT is a force to be reckoned with no matter who they are facing.
is perhaps no event as exciting as seeing a national soccer team compete at home against another country. The men on the team
have trained their whole lives to be named to the squad and now that they finally have the opportunity to represent their
country and play with and against the best soccer players in the world they are determined not to let either their country
or their teammates down. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and gives birth to the most fervent and dedicated fans.
One step into the stadium when the national team is playing at home and you will understand what all of the fuss is about.
Unrelenting action, otherworldly footwork, stunning slide tackles, and mind blowing, acrobatic saves by goalkeepers will have
you seeing exactly why soccer is referred to as "the beautiful game." You will be chanting and singing along and barely even
need to use your seat as move after move will have you jumping up and cheering for the home country. Perhaps at no other time
will you have felt so proudly to cheer for the United States and felt patriotism as deeply as when you are in the stadium
with thousands of fellow Americans cheering on the women's national team.
Confederation of North,
Central American and Caribbean Association Football, or CONCACAF as it is usually called, was formed in 1961 and became one
of the six continental governing bodies acknowledged by FIFA. On the men's side ten members of CONCACAF have qualified for
the World Cup and half of those have only qualified one time. The United States, Mexico, and Cuba are the only teams to have
reached the quarter final round, with the United States doing it most recently in 2002 after defeating Mexico. The only team
from CONCACAF ever to reach the semifinals is the United States who did so in 1930.
the USMNT has ever placed in the World Cup is third when they played in the semifinals in 1930.
There are two main groups
of supporters for the USMNT, Sam's Army which began after the 1994 World Cup and sing and chant throughout matches sporting
big American flags and banners, and the Aerican Outlaws who wear American flag bandanas over their faces during matches.