USA will play against England in their first game at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa on Saturday (June 12). USA may not win the cup or even this match but we have some of the hottest soccer studs in the world.
Jonathan Bornstein, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Tim Howard and Benny Feilhaber represent the USA and they would give David Beckham (England) or Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) a run for their money (photos and bios below).
USA is lucky to be in an â€œeasy groupâ€ (Group C) with England (who hasnâ€™t seen a European or World Cup in a very, very long time!), Slovenia and Algeria. We expect team USA to move past the group stage and after that itâ€™s a win/lose stage and everything can happen. Go USA!!
USA Soccer Studs Interview Magazine Photos, Bios
Learn more about USAâ€™s hottest soccer stars (via Interview Magazine):
Jonathan Bornstein, 25, defender from Torrance, California, playing in his first World Cup.
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, California.
Club: Chivas USA (Major League Soccer).
Hidden on-field talent: My versatility. Andâ€”I donâ€™t know if people talk about itâ€”my ability to score goals. Hidden off-field talent: Guitar. â€œHotel Californiaâ€ by The Eagles is my go-to. Itâ€™s the only one I can play and sing at the same time.
Pregame pump-up song: â€œSavior,â€ by Rise Against. Most memorable goal: In the last minute of our World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica, I scored to tie the game, which eliminated Costa Rica and put Honduras in the World Cup. The president of Honduras offered me a free vacation there.
Relationship status: Iâ€™m single. I would probably prefer not to date a fan. My ex, she was like, â€œSoccer?â€ It must be fate: Megan Fox is on the cover? If I could date anyone, it would be Megan Fox. Hopefully sheâ€™s reading this.
Oguchi Onyewu, 28, defender from Olney, Maryland, playing in his second World Cup.
Currently resides: Milan, Italy.
Club: AC Milan (Italyâ€™s Serie A).
Symbolism: In Nigerian, my name means â€œGod fights my battles.â€
His employer: I met [AC Milan owner and Italyâ€™s prime minister] Silvio Berlusconi. Heâ€™s very passionate about AC Milan. Heâ€™s an interesting man. His personal life? That I donâ€™t know about.
The Continent: Iâ€™ve been playing in Europe for almost a decade now. Every country is the same, just in a different language.
World Cup pregame pump-up songs: Some Lil Wayne, some T.I. Biggest on-field high: Getting to the finals of the Confederations Cup [FIFAâ€™s quadrennial international tournament] last year.
Biggest off-field high: Every day is a high to me. Iâ€™m high on life. Relationship status: Can I plead the Fifth? I plead the Fifth.
If he didnâ€™t play soccer: You know, I started college to be a lawyer.
Twitter: I do! I donâ€™t tweet about my daily diet or, you know, â€œItâ€™s sunny outside.â€ Gotta be something with content.
Carlos Bocanegra, 31, defender and U.S. captain from Alta Loma, California, playing in his second World Cup.
Currently resides: Rennes, France.
Club: Stade Rennais (French Ligue 1).
One thing heâ€™s learned about the French: They put green beans, haricots verts, on everything. I like them, but not at every meal.
Most universal French phrase: â€œPutain!â€ [â€œF*ck!â€]
Hidden on-field talent: My sneaky little shirt-grabs.
Hidden off-field talent: Iâ€™m a Rock Band superstar.
World Cup pregame pump-up song: â€œAmericaâ€™s Sweetheart,â€ by Fall Out Boy. That one pumps me up. I also like that new Usher tune at the moment [â€œOMGâ€].
Relationship status: My girlfriend isnâ€™t into soccer that much, but sheâ€™s learning.
If he didnâ€™t play soccer: Itâ€™d be pretty cool to teach high school history. My favorite period is the Roman times. Just real rugged and manly men. You know, ripping meat apart with their teeth.
In the locker room: [U.S. midfielder] Stuart Holden is always talking. He doesnâ€™t shut the hell up, ever. Always talking shit. Just talking to talk.
Twitter: Thereâ€™s an account with my name on it? [@bocanegracarlos] I didnâ€™t know that.
Tim Howard, 31, goalkeeper from North Brunswick, New Jersey, playing in his second World Cup.
Currently resides: Manchester, England.
Club: Everton (English Premier League).
On-field hidden talent: Some goalkeepers are really sexy with their feet. I have a little sexiness with my feet, but I donâ€™t like to bring it out.
If he didnâ€™t play soccer: I got drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters last year! But I would hopefully be in the NBA.
Biggest on-field high: Coming from behind to win the Gold Cup against Mexico in â€™07.
Biggest off-field high: My kids, Alivia and Jacob. I have my daughterâ€™s name tattooed on my ribs, my sonâ€™s on my chest.
World Cup pregame pump-up song: â€œTalkinâ€™ Ainâ€™t Walkinâ€™,â€ by this Memphis rapper, Lilâ€™ Wyte. Itâ€™s, like, a me-against-the-world kind of thing.
Hardest shot to save: Without a doubt, [Ivory Coastâ€™s] Didier Drogba hits the ball the hardest. He doesnâ€™t finesse anything.
Vanities: Some of these guys on the team think theyâ€™re playboys. Feilhaber thinks heâ€™s a playboy.
Benny Feilhaber, 25, midfielder, from Irvine, California, playing in his first World Cup.
Currently resides: Aarhus, Denmark.
Club: AGF Aarhus (Danish First Division).
One thing heâ€™s learned about the Danes: They eat the ugliest foods Iâ€™ve ever seen. They have this pork liver. Itâ€™s brown and chopped up with a bunch of little balls in it. Iâ€™ll never eat it.
Birthright: I moved to the U.S. when I was 6, but I was born in Rio. I can samba, but not like you see Ronaldinho doing in games.
Hidden on-field talent: My visionâ€”seeing things that arenâ€™t in front of me.
Hidden off-field talent: I guarantee Iâ€™m the best dancer on the team. World Cup pregame pump-up song: â€œChampagne Supernova,â€ by Oasis.
Sorry, ladies: My girlfriend came over to visit me in Denmark, and something just really sparked. Now I just know. Sheâ€™s coming to live with me in six months. If he didnâ€™t play soccer: Iâ€™d be an actor. Probably more of a comedic actor, like Jim Carrey. Vanities: The menâ€™s U.S. soccer team is better looking than the womenâ€™s. One hundred percent.
[source: Interview Magazine]