United States soccer goalkeeper Tim Howard will have his hands full against Italy and Brazil at the Confederations Cup. ((Alastair Grant/Associated Press))


June 15 - 2:30 PM ET  <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/usa.jpg" alt="United States"/>[/CUSTOM] UNITED STATES vs. <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/italy.jpg" alt="Italy"/>[/CUSTOM] ITALY Game Report | Full Game Video  | Video Highlights | Game Tracker 
Venue: Tshwane/Pretoria - Final result: Italy wins 3-1        
June 18 - 10:00 AM ET  <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/usa.jpg" alt="United States"/>[/CUSTOM] UNITED STATES vs. <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/brazil.jpg" alt="Brazil"/>[/CUSTOM] BRAZIL Game Report | Full Game Video  | Video Highlights  | Game Tracker  
Venue: Tshwane/Pretoria  - Final result: Brazil wins 3-0       
12  June 21 - 2:30 PM ET  <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/usa.jpg" alt="United States"/>[/CUSTOM] UNITED STATES vs. <img src="/sports/soccer/FIFAconfederationscup/includes/imgs/flags/sml/egypt.jpg" alt="Egypt"/>[/CUSTOM] EGYPT Game Report | Full Game Video | Video Highlights | Game Tracker 
Venue: Rustenburg  - Final result: United States wins 3-0      


Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England), Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern, Germany)

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (Midtjylland, Denmark), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege, Belgium), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock, Germany), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United, England), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)

Midfielders: Freddy Adu (AS Monaco, France), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers, Scotland), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus, Denmark), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca, Mexico)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Xerez, Spain), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Charlie Davies (Hammarby, Sweden), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Coach: Bob Bradley


Probable starting formation: (GK) Howard — (D) Wynne, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Pearce — (M) Bradley, Beasley, Kljestan, Dempsey — (F) Altidore, Donovan


  • Solid at the back: Everton's Tim Howard is one of the best goalkeepers in the English Premier League, but if he gets injured the U.S. has little to worry about as backup Brad Guzan is a solid and reliable shot-stopper. Whoever is between the posts will be supported by a stingy defence, led by veteran Carlos Bocanegra.
  • Team depth: Coach Bob Bradley is spoiled for choice at every position. Aside from the aforementioned depth in net and in defence, he also has several quality options in midfield (foremost among them, DaMarcus Beasley and Sacha Kljestan) and up front (Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey).
  • Youth and experience: Bradley has put together a balanced side, perfectly tempering youth with experience. He can rely on a core of veteran players (Donovan, Bocanegra, Beasley) as well as a crop of exciting and dangerous young prospects (Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu, Maurice Edu).


  • Gruelling schedule: Mental and physical fatigue could plague the Americans. Just before landing in South Africa, the U.S. will have played two crucial World Cup qualifying games (against Costa Rica and Honduras) in the space of three days. And there'll be little rest for the U.S., who are slated to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, which will surely be in the back of their minds during the Confederations Cup.
  • Coaching uncertainty: Although successful during his time in MLS, Bradley is somewhat unproven and inexperienced on the international stage, having only taken over the U.S. team in 2006. What's more, assistant coach Peter Nowak recently resigned in order to take an MLS coaching job, depriving Bradley of his right hand in South Africa.
  • Tough group: The U.S. might be the best team in CONCACAF, but they'll find that passage through to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup will be tough. The Americans open the tournament against world champions Italy and then face superpower Brazil. By the time their last game against Egypt rolls around, the Americans could already be eliminated from contention.

Players to watch

  • DaMarcus Beasley: A dangerous winger who uses his speed and quickness to trouble opposing defenders. Beasley, a star with Scottish club Rangers, possesses solid defensive skills and doesn't mind dropping back to lend support to his defenders. A real livewire out on the left wing.
  • Landon Donovan: One of the best players in the history of Major League Soccer, Donovan is a talented forward with a real goal-scorer's instinct and a mean shot, and uses his quickness to beat defenders. Tall and strong, the L.A. Galaxy star is also very versatile, as he can play as a forward or anywhere in midfield.
  • Tim Howard: Howard is another in a long line of excellent American goalkeepers, who combines great shot-blocking skills with the ability to make athletic, highlight-reel saves. The Everton star is coming off a sensational season in the Premiership and should be in fine form in South Africa.

Key injuries/squad omissions: Bob Bradley's omission of Brad Friedel is a bit of a surprise considering the Aston Villa star is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premiership. Defender Steve Cherundolo and Frankie Hejduk were both ruled out due to injury.


2009 Confederations Cup qualification route: The United States booked its spot in South Africa by winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup on home soil.


  • FIFA member since: 1913
  • Current FIFA ranking: #14
  • Team nickname: The Stars and Stripes
  • All-time caps leaders: Cobi Jones (164)
  • All-time leading scorer: Landon Donovan (37 goals)
  • Number of previous Confederations Cup appearances: 3
  • All-time record: 10 games played, 4 wins, 1 draw, 5 losses
  • Goals for: 12
  • Goals against: 11
  • Top scorer: Brian McBride, Bruce Murray (2 goals)
  • Most appearances: Eddie Lewis (8 caps)

Confederations Cup history:

  • 1992 — semifinals
  • 1995 — did not qualify
  • 1997 — did not qualify
  • 1999 — semifinals
  • 2001 — did not qualify
  • 2003 — first round
  • 2005 — did not qualify


  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Champions: 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007
  • Olympic Silver Medal: 1904
  • Olympic Bronze Medal: 1904

Legends from the past

Bert Patenaude: Patenaude was a key member of the 1930 U.S. World Cup team that reached the semifinals. He is also credited with scoring the first hat trick in World Cup history.

John Harkes: Harkes is one of the most accomplished American-born soccer players ever, leading D.C. United to back-to-back MLS Cup championships in 1996 and 1997. He also played in England and represented the U.S. at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups.