He was possibly the biggest surprise to make the final 23-man roster, as a knee injury has hampered his performance with MLS side Real Salt Lake.
However, without Charlie Davies, Bradley has gone to Findley to play the role of the speed forward.
In the team’s sendoff match against Turkey, Findley rewarded Bradley for going against common perception and choosing to take him to South Africa.
Coming on as a second-half substitute Findley made an immediate impact, teaming up beautifully with Altidore and Donovan. He connected on a nice pass to Donovan that would then set up the equalizer.
And while he missed some easy scoring opportunities in the final tune-up against Australia, no one got in better position to score than Findley.
Findley looks to be rounding back into form. If he can continue to mesh well with the playmakers, like Donovan and Altidore, and can get back his scoring touch like the 2009 MLS season, where he scored a team-high 12 goals and helped his team win the MLS Cup, then Findley could be the breakout star of the World Cup for the Americans.
At the age of 24, and on the heels of a trial with a Danish club in the 2009 offseason, Findley could also parlay a successful World Cup into a transfer to Europe.