Captain America! Players that captained USA during a World Cup
Only a few men have carried the burden of captain for Team USA at the World Cup. Take a look at the few who held that title for the United States men's national team.
Clint Dempsey (2014)
Clint Dempsey will lead the USA in Brazil as a first-time World Cup captain. He also capatained the squad through the qualifying matches. Dempsey made his first World Cup appearance in 2006, scoring the team's only goal in the tournament.
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Carlos Bocanegra (2010)
Bocanegra led the USA in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He earned his first senior cap in 2001 and was a regular by 2003. After an unstable club team situation, Bocanegra has been left off the national roster since 2013 in favor of younger defending options.
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Claudio Reyna (2002, 2006)
Reyna is the only USA player to have captained his sqaud in two World Cups. He led the US in 2002 and 2006. He announced his retirement from the national team the day after the U.S. was eliminated from the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He ended his international career with 111 caps and eight goals.
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Tom Dooley (1998)
The German-American defender made his first international appearance in 1992 and became a regular soon after, playing every minute of the 1994 World Cup. Dooley was named captain for the 1998 World Cup in France shortly after John Harkes was dismissed from the team. He ended his international career with 81 caps and seven goals. He is currently the head coach of the Phillipines.
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Tony Meola (1994)
The former long-haired hero and United States Hal of Famer captained USA for the 1994 World Cup hosted on home turf. Meola made his national team debut in 1988 and retired after earning 100 caps.
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Michael Windischmann (1990)
Defender Mike Windischmann had the honor of leading USA to the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the country's first appearance in the tournament since 1950. He earned his first cap in 1984 and was inducted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.