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downloadHere is Jurgen Klinsamnn’s final 23-man roster for the Copa America and all of the player’s club teams:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Gyasi Zardes (Los Angeles Galaxy), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers),

Attackers: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)

The Skinny: Host nation United States has their work cut out for them in the group stage. They open the tournament Friday against group favorite Colombia, and then play rivals Costa Rica in game two in a match that could decide who advances and who goes home in group A.

To escape the group stage, manager Jurgen Klinsmann will be relying on a group of USNMT vets. There are few surprise picks in the team, with 17 year-old Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic being the biggest of them. Pulisic has drawn a lot of attention since he became the youngest player to score two goals in Bundesliga history this season, and he made his national team debut against Guatemala in the last batch of World Cup qualifiers. What is unknown is how much of the field he will see in the Copa America, where he will likely be benched in favor of established players like Clint Dempsey, Bobby Wood, Graham Zusi and Gyasi Zardes.

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The US team looks very balanced on paper, but will need strong performances from its veterans to escape the group. Players like Dempsey and Michael Bradley will need to perform better than they did in the US’s 3-2 loss to Mexico earlier this year and their shocking loss to Guatemala in World Cup Qualifiers.

The US has the talent to beat any team in Group A, but at the same time if their star players falter, they could face an early exit. One thing going in the US’s favor is that all of their matches will be home matches, and that should give them enough of an edge over their competitions to get out of the group.

The host nation will have a good chance in the quarterfinals if they can qualify, as they will play against a team from the weakest group in the tournament, group B. However beyond that, they will have to come up with some heroic performances to make it past the teams that will be waiting from groups C and D.

Key Players: Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler

Predicted Finish in Group A: Second Place

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The USA will need Clint Dempsey to find his form in front of goal to make it out of the group stages

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