2014 World Cup: 5 Players Who Will Be Keys to USMNT’s Success

2014 World Cup: 5 Players Who Will Be Keys to USMNT's Success

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The United States Men's National Team will head to Brazil in just a few weeks to take on some of the best countries in the World Cup. With the group draw giving them the "Group of Death," the Americans will need their best players to come up with Herculean efforts just to get out of the group stage.

Here are the five USMNT players who will be key to American success at the World Cup.

5. Tim Howard

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5. Tim Howard

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Tim Howard will need to be on top of his game come Brazil. Being in a group with Ghana, Germany and Portugal, Howard will be facing an onslaught of offensive pressure, and America's defense isn't strong enough to hold down those offensive threats for 90 minutes. He is going to have make big saves to keep America in games.

4. Geoff Cameron

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4. Geoff Cameron

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Geoff Cameron is coming off a good year at Stoke City, and that experience in the EPL should prove to be vital due to the experience going up against some of the more elite goal-scorers in the world on a weekly basis. There is no shortage of those in Group G, which features Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus to name a few. At center back, Cameron will have to steady that back line.

3. Michael Bradley

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3. Michael Bradley

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Michael Bradley is America's best possession midfielder, and he needs to play well and hold the midfield whenever he has the opportunity since there is a good chance that Germany and Portugal will dominate possession. He will be called on to score big goals in timely circumstances like he did in 2010, and hopefully he can come through when he is needed most.

2. Jozy Altidore

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2. Jozy Altidore

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If the Americans want to advance out of the group stage, they need a big, physical striker to score goals. They also need a forward to hold possession and body up bigger defenders while holding his own. Jozy Altidore is the best player to do that, and after a rough year at Sunderland, Altidore will have to be an offensive threat for the Americans to even have a chance.

1. Clint Dempsey

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1. Clint Demspey

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It's simple: Clint Dempsey is the best player on the team, and as the captain, everything will fall on his shoulders, especially without Landon Donovan on the roster. He needs to be a playmaker, a leader and a goal-scorer. Jurgen Klinsmann and the national team will rely heavily on his play, and he needs to become the national team's go-to guy.

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