With its pre-World Cup warmups over, the next time we see the U.S. team (against England on Saturday) it'll be the real thing. Here are five impressions of the U.S. team entering the tournament as it hopes to improve on the miserable showing in 2006 where it failed to win a game:
"I proved something to myself," Donovan told
There's still a tendency for some U.S. fans to expect far more from Donovan than is realistic. Although he is for all intents and purposes the U.S. team's playmaker, he's not a classic No. 10 who can grab a game by the scruff of its neck or dribble past several defenders with any frequency. In fact, when it comes to producing something out of the ordinary for the U.S., it's more likely that Donovan's partner-in-crime on the other wing,
Onyewu himself doesn't think it's an issue. "I don't think that I've shown in the last two games any signs of weakness in my game,'' Onyewu told
As such, the question is, Who should start with Altidore at forward?
Alternatively, the safer choice would be to opt for
The other key injury, of course, is to captain