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US Men's National Soccer: 10 Reasons for Optimism Leading Up to World Cup 2014

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US Men's National Soccer: 10 Reasons for Optimism Leading Up to World Cup 2014
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Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore.

These are just some of the reasons for optimism as the United States goes into qualifying for and making some noise at World Cup 2014.

A cursory look at the roster for the United States men's national team reveals that the core of the squad has not only played together for a long time, but that it is consistently performing at a high level in its domestic leagues.

But what about Timothy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and the batch of young players that new manager Jurgen Klinsmann has brought to the squad?

Instead of growing out of the MLS and jumping across the pond, they're starting their journeys in leagues like Germany's Bundesliga and England's Premier League. They had the bucket of cold water thrown on them as teenagers, and now they're accustomed to going up against some of the best players in Europe.

And although players are the most important part of a squad's chances going forward, the increasing importance of managers on the national level cannot be overlooked. Klinsmann—moreso than his predecessor—has installed new, more attack-minded tactics that take better advantage of the team's strengths.

But what are some of the specific reasons you, me and every Yankee should be absolutely pumped for World Cup 2014 to come around, and why should we have every reason to believe we won't lose to Ghana for the third-straight time?

Join me as I give you the 10 biggest reasons for optimism as the US men's national team ramps up their efforts towards World Cup 2014.

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