What if America's Greatest Athletes Played Soccer?

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What if America's Greatest Athletes Played Soccer?

You want to know why the United States never has a shot at winning the World Cup?

 

It has nothing to do with our love of capitalism or that many believe the sport is boring. It has nothing to do with our country lacking athletic ability or other nations simply being superior humans.

 

The answer is simple. With no disrespect to Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan or Claudio Reyna, the best athletes in the country grow up dunking basketballs, hitting fastballs and tackling running backs.

 

So imagine what our Men’s National World Cup team would look like if this country’s greatest athletes had grown up kicking a soccer ball for hours everyday instead?

 

Assuming that no current men’s soccer players are eligible — because Howard would probably still make the starting line-up — Athlon Sports took a shot at projecting our starting line-up if everybody in the US played soccer and only soccer.

Men's National Team Starting Line-Up:

 

 

Full 23-man roster:

 

Starting Forward: LeBron James, F, Miami Heat
Starting Forward: Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Back-up: A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Back-up: Justin Gatlin, Track & Field

 

Offensive Midfielder: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Offensive Midfielder: Mike Trout, OF, LA Angels
Offensive Midfielder: Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder

Back-up: Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Back-up: Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

Back-up: Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals

 

Defensive Midfielder: John Wall, G, Washington Wizards

Defensive Midfielder: Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks

Back-up: Patrick Peterson, DB, Arizona Cardinals
Back-up: Jon Jones, MMA
Back-up: Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs

 

Defender: Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers

Defender: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Houston Texans

Defender: Kawhi Leonard, F, San Antonio Spurs

Back-up: Patrick Willis, LB, San Francisco 49ers
Back-up: Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Bucs
Back-up: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

 

Goalkeeper: Jonathan Quick, G, LA Kings

Back-up: Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets

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