Five U.S. players to watch at the World Cup

  • Updated: June 7, 2014 - 7:06 PM

United States' Michael Bradley runs with the ball during an open workout, Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. The United States are scheduled to Turkey in an international friendly soccer game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

five U.s. players to watch

TIM HOWARD, goalie

He’s having perhaps his best season for Everton. The 35-year-old, preparing for his second World Cup as the No. 1 choice, will be counted on to blunt the attack of talented opponents such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Gomez.

CLINT DEMPSEY, forward

Now 31, Dempsey struggled for goals for a year with Tottenham and Seattle before a spurt with the Sounders this spring. Dempsey, who replaced Carlos Bocanegra as the U.S. captain, can be deployed as a striker in a 4-4-2 or as a withdrawn forward in a 4-2-3-1.

MICHAEL BRADLEY, midfielder

The son of former U.S. coach Bob Bradley, the 26-year-old has become the most influential player on the national team. Will his January transfer from Roma to Toronto cause a drop in sharpness?

JOZY ALTIDORE, forward

Still only 24, he seemed to have his breakout season in 2012-13 when he scored 31 goals in 41 matches for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league. But Altidore had only two goals in 38 games this season for Sunderland, leading some to question whether he can lead the American attack.

GEOFF CAMERON, defense

Spent most of the season at right back for Stoke, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann likes him more in the center paired with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez. Will be counted on to help thwart Cristiano Ronaldo.

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  • United States goalkeeper Tim Howard, left, defends against teammate Brad Davis during a scrimmage at the team's open workout, Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. The United States are scheduled to Turkey in an international friendly soccer game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2013 file photo, the United States national soccer team poses prior to the start their friendly soccer match between Austria and the United States in Vienna, Austria. Background from left: Omar Gonzalez, Tim Howard, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Michael Bradley and Brek Shea. Foreground from left: Jermaine Jones, DaMarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson and Jozy Altidore. (AP Photo/Hans Punz, File) - SEE FURTHER WORLD CUP CONTENT AT APIMAGES.COM

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  • Stoke’s Geoff Cameron during the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke City and Fulham at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke On Trent, England, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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