Four guys who must carry their teams
It's a dreaded label: the one-man team.
The U.S. national team has gained in depth over the years. At most positions, there is now more than one viable option. Yet up front, the U.S. only seems to perform well when Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan produces good form. The Americans' sensational run to the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup ran parallel to Donovan's international breakthrough. Conversely, the 2006 World Cup letdown had much to do with Donovan's shoddy showing.
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