Top 5 Forwards Of US Men’s National Team
Top 5 Forwards For The U.S. National Team
The 2014 World Cup is just 154 days away, and it really cannot come soon enough for us fans who love soccer more than oxygen or days off from work. One team that will not be looking forward to the start of this tournament is Team USA. Why, you ask? Well, for anyone that knows something about soccer, scoring numerous goals and U.S. soccer do not normally go hand in hand.
USA is a good team, not a great team, a good team, and will continue to be that way until they find more options for scoring. For those of you that still have not heard, the U.S. was selected into the World Cup’s “Group of Death,” which consists of Portugal, Germany and Ghana. These three teams are nothing to laugh about, as each one possess something that the U.S. is lacking, a solid offense.
Portugal has the world’s “best” player in Cristiano Ronaldo, Germany has numerous attacking options like Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller, and that is not even all of the many weapons available. Ghana possess several attacking options as well, players like Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien and Derek Boateng.
So yes, the U.S. men’s team may have their backs against the wall a little in the scoring department. What is known though, is that the team does possess players who are capable of performing at a high level. The amount of senior leadership is going to be one key factor for the U.S., especially if they want to make it out of their group.
Who are the scoring options for our beloved boys in red, white and blue then? Well, I am glad you asked. If you take a look through this slideshow, you will see the top five forwards for the U.S. national team and why they will take Team USA past the group stages and into the round of 16.
Baxter Colburn is a U.S. Men’s Soccer Team writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Baxstar20, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
5. Eddie Johnson
The new man heading the attack at D.C. United has the potential to turn this World Cup into a spring board for the rest of his career. Eddie Johnson has been questioned recently on how good he actually is and whether or not he still is the goal scoring machine he used to be. Johnson will be bringing 61 caps and 19 goals to a U.S. squad that needs a speedy forward to attack opponent’s defenses effectively.
4. Jozy Altidore
Jozy Altidore had himself an impressive 2013 on the international stage, scoring eight goals and assisting on two others. This Stoke City forward has been something of a head scratcher the past season. His moves to new teams have been excellent, but the level of production once there has been far from stellar. Altidore has the experience of playing at a World Cup, so that fact right there will be a large part of why he will do better than his previous experience. Currently, Altidore has 21 goals on 66 appearances for his country. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann will hope to see many more goals during friendlies as the U.S. continues to tune-up for Brazil.
3. Clint Dempsey
The man of many moves, grooves and goals, Clint Dempsey has been one of the more consistent players for the U.S. in recent years. He currently is sporting 101 caps and 36 career goals for his country. Dempsey did have a minor slump when he decided to join the Seattle Sounders in the MLS, but now that he is back at Fulham F.C. for a short loan, he should have no problem returning back to his dominant form. Besides Landon Donovan, Dempsey has some of the most important and current experience playing in World Cups, and at high levels of competition. Team USA will look to Dempsey to use his shifty moves to score goals all throughout the World Cup.
2. Aron Johannsson
Are you surprised by this placement? I know it does seem like a bit of a long shot, but Aron Johannsson is truly deserving of this rank. Even though he has only played in just six games for the U.S., he has shown some truly amazing things. This forward is just what the doctor ordered for the struggling offense of Team USA. He is my pick to break out in 2014 for the U.S. and is more than capable of doing so. Watch this young forward tear through the defenses of Portugal, Ghana and yes, even Germany.
1. Landon Donovan
Did you really think I had forgotten about the most decorated and talented player in U.S. soccer history? There are multiple words that can be used to describe Landon Donovan -- legendary, clutch, dependable, talented and trustworthy. Each one of those words describes a certain part of his game, how he continues to play his absolute heart out, each and every game. With 57 goals in 157 matches, Donovan gives the U.S. everything and more when it comes to scoring goals on the national level. Donovan is the very heart and soul of Team USA, and you can be sure that he will bring his A-game come this June in Brazil.