Injuries have derailed Stuart Holden's national team career, but he's made every effort to develop a relationship with Jurgen Klinsmann so he can hit the ground running when he returns.
Call it the butterfly effect: While soccer is a game of skill, it's also a game of luck and inches. Just look at the history of the U.S. in the World Cup.
Thanks to a hostile crowd, difficult playing surface and poor road record in Saprissa, the odds are heavily weighted against the U.S.' emerging with a win against Costa Rica, writes Steve Davis.
The one-sided win against Guatemala allowed players such as Jimmy Conrad to make a strong case for inclusion in the final U.S. World Cup roster, writes Steve Davis.