Champions of North, Central America and Caribbean
By winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup in a dramatic final against Mexico, the USA became the first team to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup (discounting the automatically qualified hosts and reigning FIFA World Cup™ champions Italy).
With three appearances so far, the USA has had a respectable showing in FIFA Confederations Cups past, finishing third on two occasions. The team's fans will expect a solid performance at their nation's fourth appearance.
Initially an interim coach, Bob Bradley has managed to sculpt a young, successful team from the nation's exhaustive pool of talent. Although some sceptics point to Bradley's lack of international credentials, his time spent at a domestic youth level, under former US coach Bruce Arena, and coaching in Major League Soccer has empowered him with a profound knowledge of American football at both youth and senior levels. Bradley has employed this wisdom to full effect so far in his role as head coach.
The USA have the depth of talent and ability to be very formidable opponents in South Africa, highlighted best by their fabulous start to North, Central American and Caribbean zone qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After taking 18 points from six games in a run to the top of their semi-final group, the Americans got their final round campaign off to a stunning start with a 2-0 home win over eternal rivals Mexico in early 2009. The USA are widely tipped to take one of the three automatic spots on offer in CONCACAF for the South African finals in 2010.
In one of football's father-son acts, Bradley's son, Michael has a prominent role in the US team. The talented midfielder plays his club football in Germany (previously to good effect in the Netherlands) and is currently the record holder for most goals scored in a season by an American playing in a European top flight competition. Alongside veteran playmaker Landon Donovan, captain Carlos Bocanegra and a host of young talents like Jozy Altidore and Sacha Kljestan, the Americans are looking a good bet to make a mark at this year's Confederations Cup finals.
Coach: Bob Bradley
Stars: Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra, DaMarcus Beasley