CHICAGO (June 10, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team is bound for Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and before the tournament gets underway, ussoccer.com is proud to present its “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.” series on the full roster representing the USA.
The series is an extensive and exclusive collection of videos, pictures, narratives and biographies with each player and produced by U.S. Soccer.
U.S. Men’s National Team Feature Pages:
- GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
- DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
- MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
- FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
The series includes the following features on ussoccer.com:
‘My Story’ Video Series: Each player sat down with ussoccer.com and discussed his story both on and off the field to give viewers a glimpse into their lives. The videos feature a wide range of material as they delve into stories about their families and friends, the people who have shaped them, their hobbies or obsessions, their upbringing and personalities. (Full Playlist)
2014 #USMNT Roster Video Cards: The 2014 #USMNT Video Cards are the greatest hits of the U.S. Men’s National Team, showcasing each player’s top highlights with a quick-to-watch and easily shareable series. (Full Playlist)
World Cup Guide: On the player biography pages, well-presented posters display some of the intriguing statistical numbers and tidbits of each person. The information ranges from professional and international facts, to accolades and personal anecdotes.
Playing History: A more traditional element, ussoccer.com provides the full factual background of every player from his youth days for club and country to his professional and senior international experience.
Club History Map: An interactive map displays the locations and clubs the players have represented throughout their careers. The maps provide a true scope of the travel the U.S. MNT players have put into competing at the highest levels of the world’s game.
Photo Gallery: From in-game photos to personal images collected through family albums, ussoccer.com features a strong visual presentation of the players, making for a wonderful timeline piece to see how they have progressed into the World Cup-bound players they are today.
The U.S. Men’s National Team is beginning its final preparations for its Group G opener against Ghana on Monday, June 16, at Estadio Das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer.
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a U.S. Women’s National Team player is like? We followed WNT goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris to get an inside look at a day inside WNT training camp, a day that included a weight session and on-field practice.
After a grabbing a quick coffee, the busy day starts early for Harris and the WNT, as they are headed to a weight lifting, the first of two trainings sessions that day.
“The bus ride is always total shenanigans with the people I sit around with. Usually that group is Allie Long, Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger. It’s just fun and good vibes heading into our workout.”
First stop of the day: weightlifting. The WNT usually spends about 90 minutes at the gym, and each player has a specialized workout sheet that is tailored to their needs.
“At lifting I usually spend time on my shoulders and continue to strengthen my back; things I need as goalkeeper. Every day I hit the ground, so I have to make sure my arms are strong. Shoulder strength and shoulder stability are key to make sure my arms are moving well and to prevent any injuries.”
As the team exits the gym, several fans await them by the bus and most players, including Harris, stop to sign a few autographs and pose for a few selfies.
“It’s always just really cool to stop and have a chat with the younger generation after or before training sessions. They’re just awesome.”
“Our van leaves the hotel about 45 minutes before the field players whenever we go to the training. I always have a pre-training and pre-game routine of taping my fingers and hands. It’s a personal preference and to be honest, I’ve always done it. Being at training earlier helps us get some good stretching in, stay focused and it allows us to nail down techniques and work individually and collectively as a small group before we jump in with everyone else.”
For afternoon training, Harris, along with Alyssa Naeher and Jane Campbell, as well as goalkeeper coach Graeme Abel, all pile into a team van and head to training earlier than the field players to spend some time working on their technique and specific areas before the rest of the team arrives.
“Alyssa and I have very good communication and no one has a better view or can critique one another better than each other. If we see something we tell each other and help each other out.”
After training, the players all cool down, chat with each other, hydrate and reflect on the session they just completed.
“We tend to immediately grab our protein shakes. We talk about the day, what we saw on the field, what we can fix, what wasn’t good, what was good and we just overall critique the game in every way we can to become better.”
“Once we’re back in the hotel, it’s all about treatment. Like true professionals, we must take care of our bodies and be responsible to get the treatment we need. Our bodies take a beating from all the impact at training so we take care of it to do it all over again the day after.”