Idiots Guide: 2016 United States Men’s Soccer Team (Copa América Centenario)

The United States is the proud host of the 2016 COPA America Centenario. This  international men’s Fùtbol/Soccer tournament is one of the oldest competitions of it’s kind. This years tournament marks the 45th edition of Copa América that continues a tradition dating back to the turn of the 20th century (1916). It carries a great deal of weight. This year’s tournament (2016 Copa America Centenario) is a preamble to the legendary ‘2018 World Cup Tournament’, and a great opportunity to see some of the world’s best players tune up for the big show in less than 2 years. Idiots Guide decided to take this opportunity to introduce the current United States national team for the pleasure of our dedicated readers. So, without further adieu….


2016 United States Men’s Soccer Team

Bobby Wood   /  Forward   /  Irvine, California 


Bobby Wood is a dynamic 5’10 / 165 pound forward was named to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying roster in 2015, and is on the Copa America roster as well.

Gyasi Zardes  /  Forward   /  Hawthorne, California


In 2015 Gyasi Zardes (6’2 / 175)  was named to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying roster, as well as being named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster…

Darlington Nagbe  / Midfielder  /  Monrovia, Liberia


In 2015 Darlington Nagbe was named to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster before the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers…

Perry Kitchen   /  Midfielder  /  Indianapolis, Indiana


Perry Kitchen has been a part of the U.S. Men’s Soccer team since he started playing for the ‘Under-17’ men’s team for three years before moving up to the ‘U-23’ men’s team. He also made appearances on the ‘U-18’ and ‘U-20’ teams respectively. Kitchen was a first round draft pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. In 2011, while performing as a major player on D.C. United’s back line, Kitchen earned a MLS Rookie of the Year nomination.

Fabian Johnson   /  Midfielder   /  Munich, Germany

Soccer: Friendly-USA vs Azerbaijan

Fabian Johnson made a serious name for himself as one of the brightest young stars of the U.S.M.T., starting all four games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. An accomplishment that  he hopes to equal and/or surpass in 2018.

Jermaine Jones   /  Midfielder   /  Chicago, Illinois 


Jermaine Jones is no stranger to U.S.M.N.T. play. In 2014, Jones appeared in and/or started in a total of 10 matches for the U.S., this included the four game run at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We are waiting to see what 2018 will bring for this forceful talent.

Tim Howard   /  Goalkeeper   /  North Brunswick, New Jersey


Not only is Tim Howard one of the best goalkeepers in MLS (Major League Soccer), he is also one of the greatest goalies in the world. His exploits are well known with his recent 16 save performance against Belgium in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which is  a World Cup record. Howard was the imposing starting goalkeeper on all of the U.S. Men’s teams 2014 FIFA World Cup games. He holds several records for the U.S. men’s national team, including most wins (55), appearances (104), and is #2 in shutouts (35). In addition Howard is now the 15th player in U.S.M.T. history to reach 100 caps.

Edgar Castillo   /  Defender   /  Las Cruces, New Mexico


Edgar Castillo is a 5’7 / 145 pound dynamo, blink and you might miss him dribble right by you. Castillo also holds the distinction of being one of only two players to ever play for both the United States, and Mexico. Castillo is well known for his exceptional footwork, agility, and speed, the kind of speed that gives opposing defenses headaches.

Geoff Cameron   /  Defender  /  Attleboro, Massachusetts 


Geoff Cameron has enjoyed notable success in both international play and league play. His 2012 campaign cemented Cameron a roster spot on the U.S. Men’s National Team. That same year he was also signed by Stoke City of the Premier League. Geoff was also named a finalist for the 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year, as well as the 2009 Defender of the Year.

John Brooks   /  Defender  /  Berlin, Germany


John Brooks enjoys dual citizenship (U.S. and Germany) and made a name for himself in the 2014 World Cup by becoming  one of just two U.S. players to score a goal in a World Cup coming off the bench as a substitute. Brooks is widely considered a future star, and it appears that his train is right on time to help the U.S.M.N.T. in 2018.

Clint Dempsey   /  Forward   /  Nacogdoches, Texas

Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey is arguably the most popular player for the United States Men’s National Team. He is also, as of today, the team captain (since 2013). Dempsey once scored a goal 30 seconds into a game against Ghana, making it a record for fastest U.S. goal in World Cup history. Dempsey also has 4 career goals in World Cup play.

Michael Bradley   /  Midfielder  /  Princeton, New Jersey


Michael Bradley  is known for being a hard-nosed competitor and a staple of the U.S. men’s team. Bradley is one of only two players to play every minute of the last two FIFA World Cups, for the United States. In 2012 Bradley was a finalist for the U.S. Male Soccer Athlete of the Year Award. He also started every game in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Steven Birnbaum   /  Defender   /  Newport Beach, California


Steven Birnbaum 6’2 / 180 pound defender with a dynamite skill-set. He is a star player for D.C. United of Major League Soccer. Definitely a player to watch.

Matt Besler   /  Defender   /  Overland Park, Kansas


Matt Besler is a 6’0 / 170 pound force of nature armed with amazing instincts on the pitch, from the center back position. Besler has been a member of the U.S.M.N.T. since 2013 following four excellent seasons in the MLS for ‘Sporting Kansas City’. In 2012 Besler was awarded the ‘MLS Defender of the Year’. He also played in all 4 matches for the United States during the 2014 World Cup.

Alejandro Bedoya   /   Midfielder   /  Weston, Florida


Alejandro Bedoya is a 6’0 / 160 pound player with skilled movement and exceptional midfielder talent. Bedoya played for the United States in the 2014 FIFA World Cup (4 matches).  In 2014 Alejandro Bedoya was a finalist for the ‘U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year’ award.

Kyle Beckerman   /  Midfielder  /  Crofton, Maryland


Kyle Beckerman’s career has been stellar. He was once named as a ‘Major League Soccer All-Star’, for eight years in succession (2007-2014). In 2013 Beckerman started a 9 out of   10 international  matches for the United States. He’s been a member of the U.S.M.N.T. since 2011. In 2009 league play, Beckerman was the captain of the Real Salt Lake team that won the MLS Cup championship.

Michael Orozco   /  Defender  /  Orange, California 


Michael Orozco is a hard-nosed defender who has been playing for the United States since 2008 when he was named to the Olympic team in Beijing. He started all 3 games. His performances in the 2008 Olympic Qualifying matches moved him to among the very Best XI in the ‘CONCACAF’ Men’s Olympic All-Tournament Team. A player to watch.