Here are the prospective U.S. starters for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil:
TIM HOWARD Goalkeeper
Age: 35. Club team: Everton (England).
Caps: 100. Goals: 0.
On his second World Cup team ... Tied for second in national team history with 100 caps for a goalkeeper ... His 54 wins are the most by an American keeper.
FABIAN JOHNSON Right back
Age: 26. Club team: Hoffenheim (Germany).
Caps: 22. Goals: 1.
Playing in his first World Cup after coming back from injury … German-born player made his U.S. debut in 2011 … Started eight times for the U.S. in both 2012 and 2013.
MATT BESLER Center back
Age: 27. Club team: Sporting Kansas City.
Caps: 17. Goals: 0.
Playing in his first World Cup … Made his debut with the U.S. in 2013 and quickly earned a job at center back, where he started 11 games … Anchored a defense that did not allow a goal at home in World Cup qualifying.
GEOFF CAMERON Center back
Age: 28. Club team: Stoke City (England).
Caps: 27. Goals: 1.
Playing in his first World Cup … A converted midfielder, he set career highs with 12 appearances and 10 starts for the national team in 2013.
DaMARCUS BEASLEY Left back
Age: 32. Club team: Puebla (Mexico).
Caps: 116. Goals: 17.