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5 Reasons Americans Should Start to Care About Soccer

US Soccer, both the MLS and the National Team, has long seemed like the stepchildren of US sports. But, steadily, year over year, the US has improved.
Now, before the next World Cup, is the time to give the US soccer another look. At least so you don't look like an idiot over the water cooler next June.

Here are some of the Highlights.

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So it begins, the world's game has come to Brazil and it's time for the USA to take 23 incredible soccer players and put them to the test.

The festivities start today as Brazil plays Croatia, but the USA will be in action on Monday against Ghana. Be sure to stay tuned to Americana as we cover each of the USA's games and other highlights from around the World Cup.

Be sure to check Espanol as well for even more World Cup action!

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That was the USA reaction to Landon Donovan's game winning goal in 2010...
Here's some other stuff you may not know:

2014 marks the United States' seventh straight World Cup appearance, something only Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Korea have done. We have advanced to the knockout rounds three of the last five times, and got to the quarterfinals in 2002.

Our World Cup history includes more than a few star players (from left to right above): Joe Gaetjens (1950), John Harkes (1990, 1994), Clint Dempsey (2006, 2010, 2014), Alexi Lalas (1994), and Landon Donovan (2002, 2006, 2010).

And be sure to check out MLSSoccer.com for more awesome World Cup Facts.