World Cup 2014: Meet the Team USA Players With Ties to Germany
June 24th, 2014
10:50 AM ET

World Cup 2014: Meet the Team USA Players With Ties to Germany

The U.S. men's national soccer team is gearing up to face Germany on Thursday in World Cup group play.

But the Germans, it turns out, are not the average opponent.

Ties to Deutschland on Team USA run deep - very deep.

Five members of the team are German-American, and Jurgen Klinsmann, the United States coach, is a German soccer hero who has both played and coached for Germany.

His former colleague, friend and protege, Joachim Loew, is Germany's current coach. Soccer analysts have called it "the German influence."

See the five German-American players on the U.S. men's team:

Fabian Johnson – Defender

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Jermaine Jones – Midfielder

Jones 4

Timmy Chandler – Defender

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John Brooks – Defender

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Julian Green – Midfielder

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Retired soccer player Greg Lalas appeared on "New Day" Tuesday to break down just why those German connections may prove to be so important.

He hypothesized: "I think Jurgen Klinsmann has something to prove, and wants to go out there and beat his old team."

 

 

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. abcd

    its because they are bundesliga players

    June 25, 2014 at 11:45 am | Reply
  2. John

    Julian green is a midfielder not a defender

    June 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  3. Joe

    Julian Green isn't a defender.

    June 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thank you for alerting us to the error. We have notified the digital team and they are updating now.
      Happy #NewDay!
      TeamCNN

      June 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Reply

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