Balding: The U.S. Men's National Secret For 2010

Jordan HughesContributor IApril 7, 2010

I know what you're thinking, "Jordan, they're not all bald!"

No, maybe not, but we rely heavily on the ones who are!

Bob Bradley  

Since his takeover in late 2006, it is safe to say (now of course) the U.S. is in the best position they have ever been at any previous World Cup.

In 2007, Bradley led the corn-fed jocks to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, taking home first place. Maybe not a spectacular result but a confidence booster nonetheless.

Again in 2009, (with much more of the world watching) the U.S. landed in South Africa, expected to put in a decent rehearsal for this coming summer. What happened next shocked us all.

Bradley's team was soundly whooped in the first two rounds by Italy and then Brazil.

A three-goal shutout in the third match against Egypt had a wonderful result, but still the impossible had to happen, and it did.

Everyone knows what happened next, we beat Spain.

I believe, Bradley has instilled belief into this team, making them feel like they can compete against anyone in the world.

Landon Donovan 

Donovan exemplifies Captain America himself and balding icon of all the little Ronaldinho's in the United States.

What this man has achieved on the national stage is absolutely astounding compared to his club record. He is the all-time U.S. leading goal scorer and still has two more World Cups left in his tank after 2010.

Expect him to head the U.S. attack in transition. He is the undeniable leader of the squad, very vocal and energetic.

I admit, I have criticized him for taking a step up from the MLS, and under my nose (how dare he) to play for Everton.

My friend will vouch for me when I say I expected him to fail miserably.

After 10 appearances in the Premier League, the most physical league on earth, the Pee Wee Herman of the West, scored two goals and assisted on three. 

If the U.S. team was boarding that plane without confidence, they aren't now.

Tim Howard  

He is, hands down, our most competent player. I believe that in the game of football, everything stems from the back.

Howard is in his goalkeeping prime at 31-years-old. He is now seasoned with experience, and with Everton starting to get results, his confidence is on the rise.

Something Howard does very well (besides looking like Mr. Clean) is bark orders to his backline.

It is important for goalies to have his back-line in proper position and to ensure they know their assignments.

Though this has not been his best season to date, the tantalizing prospect of leading the U.S. from the back in South Africa is something Howard is preparing himself for.

Fingers crossed Everton can reach Europa League so he stays upbeat.

The three aforementioned men are key to the USA's performance this summer. When they uphold their responsibilities, the team is likely to do the same.

Also, here is a list of the balding fringe a.k.a. The Shaved Heads.

Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies, Michael Bradley, Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu and the Bronze Boot winner at the Confederations Cup, Clint "Deuce" Dempsey.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am, for the first time in my young life excited to watch the U.S. Men's National team.

Even if it means I may lose a hair.


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