"The clock is ticking," United States Men's National Team (USMNT) coach Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters during a Monday afternoon conference call. Klinsmann had just done something that seemingly accelerated the hands of time toward their final destination — their only destination, as far as many soccer fans are concerned: The 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Minutes before that conference call began, Klinsmann released his 30-man roster for the USMNT's pre-World Cup training camp at Stanford University. Coming exactly one month before the World Cup's opening match on June 12, the preliminary roster announcement is a formality we all knew was coming — but one that also heats months of simmering World Cup excitement to a boil, thanks simply to its symbolic importance. Read more...More about Soccer, World Cup, Entertainment, Sports, and Usmnt