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Merrill Moses (Goalkeeper)
Moses has been a stalwart for Team USA at every major event since 2007. His stellar play in 2008 was one of the biggest reasons why the team won a silver medal, and he was awarded a spot on the Olympic All-Star team to honor his contributions.
One of the best players in the world, Moses likes to get into the head of his opponent, according to NBCOlympics.com:
...he’s constantly directing his teammates from his spot in front of the net. He calls himself very intimidating and even during intra-squad practices he’ll try to get in his teammates’ heads when they’re trying to score on him.
If Team USA is to go on another run for a medal in 2012, Moses will need to be a key player once again.
Jeff Powers (Defender)
Powers, at 6'7", is a mountain of a man, and he uses his exceptional size and length to full advantage in the water.
Despite the fact that Powers is a defender, he's also one of the premier goal-scorers for Team USA. He led the team with 11 goals in their Olympic qualifying, gold-medal run at the Pan American Games, proving that labels don't mean a thing.
Ryan Bailey (Center)
Bailey is one of the team's senior members, and he'll be playing in his fourth Olympics in 2012. He is also the anchor at the center position, known as "two meter." He is a key player on offense, setting up plays and making plenty of goals on his own.
Bailey talked about his role with NBCOlympics.com, saying:
I play right in front of the goal, that's my position, kind of like the center in basketball. It gets bad. I've been choked, I've had my eyes gouged…Pretty much everything you can think of, it happens. I've had 80 or so stitches in my face. It gets pretty ugly sometimes.
Ugly it may be, but Bailey is a genius in the water, and he'll be a big key to America's success in London.
Tony Azevedo (Attacker)
The team captain, Azevedo is also appearing in his fourth Olympics. He is the premier goal scorer for the team, and he led the way in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, earning a spot on the Olympic All-Star team.
Azevedo is one of the best players in the world, according to NBCOlympics.com. He is a prodigious goal scorer, and he once scored 19 goals at the 2007 World Championships.