COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The search for America's best soccer team took a long look at the Palmetto State. Five of the 23 members of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team played their college soccer in South Carolina, the most of any state.
That includes such stars as midfielder Clint Dempsey, who played at Furman, and lockdown defender Oguchi Onyewu, a star during his two seasons at Clemson. The others who played at state colleges are backup goalkeeper Brad Guzan from South Carolina, midfielder Ricardo Clark of Furman and midfielder Stuart Holden of Clemson.
Mark Berson, who coached Guzan at South Carolina, says the picks show how strong the collegiate game is in one of the nation's smallest states.
Guzan has 14 career appearances with the National Team. His first appearance in a World Cup qualifier came against Barbados, where he earned his first shutout for the U.S. in the 8-0 victory.
Guzan's selection marks the third consecutive U.S. World Cup roster with a former Gamecock selected, as Clint Mathis was on the 2002 roster and Josh Wolff was a two-time selection in 2002 and 2006.
The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup appearance against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, South Africa.
Following its opener versus England, the U.S. will play Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg, and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.