The last time the United States men’s national team played at the World CupThe team carried a Notable German accent: Five of the 2014 team’s players grew up in Germany as did their coach.

That was back in 2003. The squad has developed an English accent over the eight years.

Three of the current players for the U.S. national soccer team were born in England. A fourth spent a He spent a significant amount of his childhood in Serbia and most of his soccer training there. And even Christian Pulisic — the face of the squad, a Pennsylvania native nicknamed “Captain America” — spent one of his formative years in Tackley, a small village near Oxford, England.

Although it was chaotic for their domestic lives, the English influence on American players has been mutually beneficent. a The highly anticipated Group B showdown will take place on Friday night.

“With my family, half of them want us to win,” Cameron Carter-Vickers a Southend-on-Sea’s central defender was born on England’s southeast coast, “and half want England to win.”

Carter-Vickers was born in, as was left back Antonee Robinson. England They spent their entire childhood there (both parents are American). Forward Gio Reyna was born in Sunderland, and lived there for his entire life. England He was five years old when Claudio, his father, played in the Premier League.

Yunus Musah, a midfielder, was born in New York but has never lived there. His family lived in Italy from the age of nine until he moved to America. England. Musah is of Ghanaian heritage and plays in Spain. He speaks four languages. His English sounds like a symphony. a Londoner.

Musah represented England More than 30 youth national teams were represented before the United States switched to them. a Period of heavy recruiting by Coach Gregg Berhalter (and his staff).

“I made the decision because I was born in the U.S., that was one of the main reasons, and also having this opportunity at such a young age was something I was going to take,” Musah spoke this week.

Multiculturalism does not exist a new characteristic of the American men’s team: the United States is a nation of immigrants, and soccer, particularly in the 20th century, was often viewed as an immigrants’ game.

However, the English and German flairs of these teams are based on more deliberate foundations. For players who grew up in countries that have strong soccer traditions and high-ranked national teams like Germany, EnglandThe path to success is paved with a smile. a World Cup It can seem overwhelming to build a roster. If you are able to qualify, the United States team is a great option. a You can be a little more flexible. The Americans They are the second-youngest members of this team World Cup These are simply inadmissible a Period of reconstruction.

The U.S. team’s German influence eight years ago, for example, was no coincidence: the team’s coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, was a Ex-star player for Germany, he regarded his homeland as a Untapped talent

The 2014 World CupThe United States had four German-born athletes on its roster (John Brooks and Jermaine Jones and Timothy Chandler) and one American-born player (Julian Green), who was born in America, but was raised in Germany.

Reyna claimed that he had never considered playing for another country despite being eligible for Argentina. England Portugal. Robinson, Carter-Vickers, and Musah all admitted to having childhood dreams of representing. England Before experiencing changes of heart based upon circumstance.

Robinson was, for example, going through a It can be a rough time a Everton youth club, England, teenager felt like his talents were being ignored, while his teammates were being recruited by. England. At that time, the United States offered to represent the country at under-18 level. a He is at an important stage in his mental development.

“I watched the favorite guys at Everton get called up for England and stuff, so to get called up for the U.S. just made me feel 10-feet tall and grew my confidence a lot,” He said. “They sort of inspired that hope in me as a player at the time, so it was a no-brainer.”