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USA

Despite seven appearances in World Cup finals, the team has yet to make its presence felt. Topping their Group or beating Mexico 2-0 in the qualifying matches this year will not necessarily mean a good performance at the finals too.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 19:17 IST

FIFA world ranking 4
Coach Bruce Arena
Group E Italy, USA, Czech Republic, Ghana
Previous appearances 7 times
Key player Landon Donovan
Odds 80/1

For a nation which rarely plays team sports other than baseball and basketball, USA's record of qualifying for the football World Cup for seven times is indeed very good.

The team reached Germany after a brilliant run in the qualifiers. For the first time in their history, they topped the group and the best moment came when they beat Mexico 2-0.

However, their time in Germany will not be that easy. Placed in Group E with three-time champions Italy, Czech Republic and Ghana, the first round test could prove to be too much for them!

COMPLETE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Howard Tim, Keller Kasey, Hahnemann Marcus

Defenders: Albright Chris, Bocanegra Carlos, Mastroeni Pablo, Cherundolo Steve, Lewis Eddie, Gibbs Cory, Conrad Jimmy, Onyewu Oguchi, Pope Eddie

Midfielders: O Brien John, Dempsey Clint, Reyna Claudio, Olsen Ben, Convey Bobby, Beasley DaMarcus, Donovan Landon

Forwards: Johnson Eddie, Ching Brian, Wolff Josh, Mc Bride Brian Johnson Eddie, Ching Brian, Wolff Josh, Mc Bride Brian