The USA National Soccer Team: On Klinsmann and World Cup Qualification
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If Klinsmann is to improve his record and spur the USMNT onto World Cup qualification, he is going to need his best players to be firing on all cylinders. The three players below may well be the key contributors in the campaign to reach Brazil 2014:
Recently scoring his first ever goal in professional football, Tim Howard was the mainstay between the sticks for the USA in World Cup 2010. By building his team from this goalkeeper forwards, Klinsmann cannot go too far wrong; Howard can be relied upon to provide a rock-solid foundation for his coach.
Currently playing in England for Premier League side Fulham, Clint Dempsey brings a touch of class to Klinsmann’s side. Having played every minute of the last four USMNT friendlies, the coach clearly recognises the importance of the attacking midfielder. His latest goal against Slovenia tied him for fourth place on the USMNT’s all-time goalscorers‘ list with twenty-four strikes to his name.
The USMNT’s all-time leading goalscorer and CONCACAF’s all-time leading World Cup goalscorer, Landon Donovan provides goals like no other American player. With Howard to stop them at one end and Donovan to score them at the other, the USA should qualify with ease for the World Cup; at least Klinsmann hopes so.