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Midfielders: Brian Maisonneuve, Pablo Mastroeni, Bobby Convey
You may look at this grouping and think that it is mind-blowing to have Pablo Mastroeni on this list, and it is a bit crazy to put him on this list in the first place. However, without him in the midfield in 2006, the United States dropped out at the group stage.
This takes nothing away from Mastroeni's career, but his red card against Italy in the second game of play in Group E hurt the chances of the Yanks.
In that physical game against the Azzurri, Mastroeni was the first of two Americans to be sent off, as he was shown red after a tackle on Andrea Pirlo.
If Mastroeni had remained in the game against Italy, and then versus Ghana five days later, the Yanks could have had a chance of advancing out of the group.
Brian Maisonneuve was a part of that dysfunctional 1998 squad that wasn't even good enough to beat Iran.
Maisonneuve played his entire career in Major League Soccer, and he played in all three games in 1998, but he was unable to make an impact on the final result.
Most people forget that Bobby Convey was even on the 2006 team that made the trip over to Germany.
He was dropped from the starting lineup after two games, as the Americans looked to salvage some pride against a Ghana side that eliminated them with a 2-1 result.