25 June 2014

5 USA Soccer Players Born on Bases in Germany

Image Copyright: The US Army/Flickr

More than 40,000 Americans are stationed in Germany and many have children that are brought up in a soccer-crazed culture.  Some have likened the German base system as a group of American farm teams abroad, providing an internationally-trained group of players that can come play in the United States.  Five players born to American servicemen and women are currently playing for team USA: John Anthony Brooks, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Terrence Boyd, and Julian Green.

These players returned to the U.S. to pursue their professional careers and now they are returning to the pitch in Brazil to play the national team of their birth country.  The game is hugely important for the Americans, and it will be their biggest challenge to date.  Germany entered the tournament ranked second in the world and are all but assured a berth in the next round.  If the US team can muster the same spirit demonstrated against Portugal and Ghana, we will likely advance as well.

Are RallyPoint members fans of the world’s game?  Were any of you born overseas on a parent’s deployment?

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