With 30 days left (yes, I have been counting) the world has been eagerly anticipating the start of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Host Brazil will play Croatia June 12, to kick off the tournament’s group play stage. But what many people in the United States are wondering, just who are we taking down to Brazil to represent our country? On Monday, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named the 30-man provisional squad from which he will select the final 23-man roster, due June 2.
Whether or not it was ready, Rudd Field played host to some intriguing preseason matchups for the Elon University men’s soccer team this past Saturday, March 15. The Southern Conference champions rolled out to face the Wilmington Hammerheads and the Raleigh Amateurs squad.
With five months left until the soccer world turns its attention, and T.V. sets, to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, many players at their clubs are coming into great form. This is helping to provide a glimpse of things to come when the world’s brightest soccer stars meet on the sport’s biggest stage. Between the 32 teams that have qualified for the competition, stars young and old will come together to write their country’s name in the history books.
On the eve of possibly the most infamous date of this American generation, the United States men’s national soccer team had some business to attend to. Over the past two weeks, various countries across the world have been playing soccer matches in a near final push to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil in the summer of 2014.