The 2014 World Cup begins on June 12, when Brazil plays Croatia in the opening match. Reporters and editors for The Times will count down to the start of the tournament each day with a short capsule of news and interesting tidbits.
With 31 days to go before the start of the World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann, coach of the United States national soccer team, on Monday unveiled the 30 players he is taking to training camp. Twenty-three will go to Brazil. The team has adopted a motto, “One Nation. One Team.” Players are expected to report to camp at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., on Wednesday.
“It’s been an incredible journey, and everyone has worked tremendously hard,” Klinsmann said. “We had some difficult decisions to make, and we are very excited about the 30 players coming into camp. There is competition in every position, and these next couple of weeks will allow us to make the final determinations on the best 23-man unit to represent the United States in the World Cup.”
The players selected by Klinsmann come from nine top-flight leagues around the world: Major League Soccer in the United States and Canada (15), England’s Premier League (4), Germany’s Bundesliga (4), Mexico’s Liga MX (2), Austria’s Bundesliga (1), France’s Ligue 1 (1), the Netherlands’ Eredivisie (1), Norway’s Tippeligaen (1) and Turkey’s Super Lig (1).