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LANDON DONOVAN

Age: 28
Position: Midfielder / Forward
Club team: LA Galaxy - Major League Soccer (USA)
Caps / Goals: 127 / 45
World Cup minutes: 390 (4 caps / 3 goals)

His story: Donovan scored in three straight games for the U.S. and set American World Cup records for games played (12) and goals scored (5). His goal against Algeria in stoppage time will be replayed for years to come and saved the U.S. from group stage failure. A move to Europe may be in the cards for America's most popular player.
Rating: 9

(May 25, 2010)

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LANDON DONOVAN Age: 28 Position: Midfielder / Forward
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LANDON DONOVAN

Age: 28
Position: Midfielder / Forward
Club team: LA Galaxy - Major League Soccer (USA)
Caps / Goals: 127 / 45
World Cup minutes: 390 (4 caps / 3 goals)

His story: Donovan scored in three straight games for the U.S. and set American World Cup records for games played (12) and goals scored (5). His goal against Algeria in stoppage time will be replayed for years to come and saved the U.S. from group stage failure. A move to Europe may be in the cards for America's most popular player.
Rating: 9

(May 25, 2010)

MICHAEL BRADLEY Age: 22 Position: Midfielder Club team:
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MICHAEL BRADLEY

Age: 22
Position: Midfielder
Club team: Borussia Moenchengladbach - Bundesliga (Germany)
Caps / Goals: 47 / 8
World Cup minutes: 390 (4 caps / 1 goal)

His story: The coach's son scored a memorable goal against Slovenia, and now may be poised to score a big contract with a top-flight European team. Without question, Bradley was one of the United States' stars this tournament and should gain notice around Europe as one of the game's rising young stars. His father paired him with several players in the middle of the field, but Bradley was a constant force on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. It's amazing he's only 22.
Rating: 9

(April 27, 2010)

TIM HOWARD Age: 31 Position: Goalkeeper Club team:
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TIM HOWARD

Age: 31
Position: Goalkeeper
Club team: Everton - English Premier League (England)
Caps / clean sheets: 55 / 20
World Cup minutes: 390 (4 caps /1 clean sheet)

His story: Howard earned "Man of the Match" honors in an epic opening game against England in which he made several point-blank saves and played through the pain of a first-half rib injury. He wasn't perfect between the pipes, but he was expectedly reliable and a vocal leader for the U.S. in the back.
Rating: 8.5

(Feb. 25, 2010)

CLINT DEMPSEY Age: 27 Position: Midfielder / Forward
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CLINT DEMPSEY

Age: 27
Position: Midfielder / Forward
Club team: Fulham FC - English Premier League (England)
Caps / Goals: 66 / 19
World Cup minutes: 390 (4 caps / 1 goal)

His story: Dempsey scored once this World Cup, but it wasn't necessarily one of his most emphatic strikes. England goalie Robert Green fumbled his long-range shot across the goal line in an embarrassing gaffe of a goal, but nonetheless, it was a vital equalizer. Dempsey never found the net again, but was a dangerous player moving forward who created plenty of chances around the box.
Rating: 7.5

(May 29, 2010)

CARLOS BOCANEGRA Age: 31 Position: Defender Club team:
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CARLOS BOCANEGRA

Age: 31
Position: Defender
Club team: Rennes - Ligue 1 (France)
Caps / Goals: 83 / 12
World Cup minutes: 390 (4 caps)

His story: Bocanegra played two of the more difficult positions at the World Cup this summer -- at right back and central defense. He made a few mistakes, but overall had a very nice tournament. He got beat on the final goal, but made several fine stops throughout the four games to merit his place among one of the country's all-time best defenders.
Rating: 6.5

(March 3, 2010)

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JOZY ALTIDORE Age: 20 Position: Striker Club team:
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JOZY ALTIDORE

Age: 20
Position: Striker
Club team: Hull City - English Premier League (England)
Caps / Goals: 29 / 9
World Cup minutes: 356 (4 caps)

His story: Some have raved about Altidore's fine play in South Africa, but I just didn't see it. He was his usual, muscular force on the attack, but much like his season at Hull City, it didn't yield any goals. At times when the U.S. needed speed moving forward, Altidore couldn't provide it. Despite a clever assist off his head on the game-tying goal against Slovenia, Altidore left us wanting more.
Rating: 6

(May 29, 2010)

MAURICE EDU Age: 24 Position: Midfielder Club team:
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MAURICE EDU

Age: 24
Position: Midfielder
Club team: Glasgow Rangers - Scottish Premier League (Scotland)
Caps / Goals: 16 / 1
World Cup minutes: 198 (3 caps)

His story: Edu left U.S. fans craving more -- 31 minutes more after Bradley started Ricardo Clark over him in the final game and surely regretted the decision after Clark gifted the Ghanaians an early goal. Clark's struggles made Edu look better by comparison, though he did exhibit great poise as a holding midfielder. Given their ages, Edu and Bradley could make for a nice pairing for years to come.
Rating: 6.5

(May 25, 2010)

ROBBIE FINDLEY Age : 24 Position: Forward Club
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ROBBIE FINDLEY

Age : 24
Position: Forward
Club team: Real Salt Lake - MLS (USA)
Caps / goals: 9 / 0
World Cup minutes: 167 (3 caps)

His story: The injury to Charlie Davies put the U.S. in a tough spot, and Findley showed he wasn't the answer. As the most controversial roster choice, Findley actually surprised many with 77 decent minutes against England. But, two sub-par halves later in the tournament proved he couldn't really handle the international game.
Rating: 4.5

(May 29, 2010)

BENNY FEILHABER Age: 25 Position: Midfielder Club team:
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BENNY FEILHABER

Age: 25
Position: Midfielder
Club team: AGF Aarhus - Danish Superliga (Denmark)
Caps / Goals: 35 / 2
World Cup minutes: 165 (3 caps)

His story: Feilhaber may have been the surprise of the tournament for the U.S., though his playmaking abilities have been well documented for years. He had fallen far down the depth chart in a busy midfield in the months leading up to the World Cup, but Bradley gave him ample minutes on the wing and he made the most of them. Feilhaber created several chances around the box and was a key reason why the U.S. was able to come back from deficits so many times.
Rating: 7.5

(Jan. 23, 2010)

RICARDO CLARK Age: 27 Position: Midfielder Club team:
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RICARDO CLARK

Age: 27
Position: Midfielder
Club team: Eintracht Frankfurt - Bundesliga (Germany)
Caps / Goals: 31 / 2
World Cup minutes: 121 (2 caps)

His story: In every tournament for a team that doesn't go all the way, someone has to be the goat. Unfortunately for Clark, he's it. Two of Clark's miscues in the midfield led to early goals in games against England and Ghana. After picking up a yellow card after the second gaffe against Ghana, Bradley gave him the hook after 31 minutes. Ouch.
Rating: 2.5

(June 12, 2010)

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HERCULEZ GOMEZ Age: 28 Position: Forward Club team:
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HERCULEZ GOMEZ

Age: 28
Position: Forward
Club team: Puebla - Primera Division (Mexico) (Signed with Pachuca in May)
Caps / Goals: 7 / 2
World Cup minutes: 85 (3 caps)

His story: Gomez earned one start and almost assisted on a Clint Dempsey goal, but it was controversially ruled offside. He wasn't spectacular, but he didn't hold the offense back either. He was added to the roster to provide a late spark and perhaps a goal, but the U.S. got neither.
Rating: 5

(May 25, 2010)

JOSE FRANCISCO TORRES Age: 22 Position: Midfielder Club
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JOSE FRANCISCO TORRES

Age: 22
Position: Midfielder
Club team: Pachuca - Primera Division (Mexico)
Caps / Goals: 11 / 0
World Cup minutes: 45 (1 cap)

His story: Torres earned a start against Slovenia and exited after one of the poorest halves we saw the U.S. play in the World Cup. Of course, the 2-0 deficit wasn't all his fault, but he didn't bring much to the table and never saw the field again.
Rating: 3.5

(May 25, 2010)

EDSON BUDDLE Age: 29 Position: Forward Club team:
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EDSON BUDDLE

Age: 29
Position: Forward
Club team: L.A. Galaxy - MLS (USA)
Caps / Goals: 5 / 2
World Cup minutes: 39 (2 caps)

His story: Many fans wanted to see a little more of Buddle, who scored twice in the final tune-up game against Australia. Alas, Bradley preferred Gomez instead. He had a few dangerous opportunities, but was never given time to get into the swing of things.
Rating: 4

(May 25, 2010)

DaMARCUS BEASLEY Age: 28 Position: Midfielder Club team:
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DaMARCUS BEASLEY

Age: 28
Position: Midfielder
Club team: Glasgow Rangers - Scottish Premier League (Scotland)
Caps / Goals: 93 / 17
World Cup minutes: 10 (1 cap)
His story: Beasley entered the Algeria game in the 80th minute in hopes of providing an offensive spark. He proved ineffectual, but was on the field for Landon Donovan's memorable game-winner. With the appearance, Beasley now has played in three World Cups.
Rating: N/A

(March 3, 2010)

JONATHAN SPECTOR Age: 24 Position: Defender Club team:
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JONATHAN SPECTOR

Age: 24
Position: Defender
Club team: West Ham United - English Premier League (England)
Caps / Goals: 25 / 0
World Cup minutes: 0
His story: Spector lost his right back job to Steve Cherundolo in the month before the start of the World Cup and never saw the field in South Africa. Had the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals, Spector may have seen some time because Cherundolo picked up his second yellow card against Ghana and would have had to sit out the next game.
Rating: N/A

(June 2, 2010)

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MARCUS HAHNEMANN Age: 38 (on 6/15) Position: Goalkeeper
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MARCUS HAHNEMANN

Age: 38 (on 6/15)
Position: Goalkeeper
Club team: Wolverhampton FC - English Premier League (England)
Caps / clean sheets: 16 1
World Cup minutes: 0
His story: Hahnemann began to warm up when Tim Howard sustained a rib injury in the first half against England, but Howard played on and Hahnemann never saw the field.
Rating: N/A

(May 20, 2010)

BRAD GUZAN Age: 25 Position: Goalkeeper Club team:
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BRAD GUZAN

Age: 25
Position: Goalkeeper
Club team: Aston Villa - English Premier League (England)
Caps / clean sheets: 16 / 5
World Cup minutes 0 His story: Guzan, along with fellow backup Marcus Hahnemann, did not see the field this summer in South Africa. Starter Tim Howard played every minute.
Rating: N/A

(May 25, 2010)