Probably one of my favorite things about USA soccer is that, for once, we're the underdog. No one goes into a World Cup expecting the American team to win.
Which is a departure from expectations in nearly every other major team sport.
So it's refreshing, because you don't have to feel like a winner-picker.
In virtually every instance when the U.S. has done well, it's been built on heart and hustle far more than skill or tactics.
In 1950, a team of semi-pros famously beat England 1-0.
In 1994, the host team did us proud, advancing with a 2-1 win over dark horse favorites Colombia.
2002 saw a great upset of a star-laden Portuguese side and an advance all the way to the quarterfinals (a game which probably still causes consternation to German fans when they think about just how close they came losing).
And finally, the 2010 World Cup. Who can forget? It was glorious.
Yet, who's the best U.S. team of all time? Who would I pick if I had one game to win and could choose any USA players during their primes?
Let's take a look.