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Kickin' It Around The 2014 World Cup: United States

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Who says you need to cross the ocean to get a big ole’ dose of travel fun? Here in our great country, destinations are as diverse as the melting pot population. From the “Ole South” to the bustling Big Apple, the historically rich Washington D.C. to the ever-so-artsy Chicago, the possibilities are endless. So get students to step out of their bubbles and expand their views of the nation they call home. This US team has taken their believer spirit into the group of death and came away with an outstanding tournament run.  


United States: The Believers


FIFA Ranking: #13

Population: 314 million

Capital: Washington, D.C.

Largest City: New York City usa_0

Language: English

National Dish: Apple pie, hamburgers, and fried chicken are all considered the United State's national dishes. Coincidentally, these are all of my favorite foods.  

Historic Sites:  History is at your fingertips when it comes to touring the United States. You can remember the Alamo in San Antonio, or visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. relive movements that shaped our nations history by visiting Montgomery, Alabama, where students can dive deep into the civil rights movement.   

Why it's good for student travel: There is nothing better than getting to know your own backyard. With metropolises like New York and Chicago, you can take your student travelers to explore everything that these big cities have to offer. Looking for something more historical? Take your students to Boston or Philadelphia to relive the birth of our nation. Whatever your educational goal, it can be done close to home.  


Did you know: The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum gets 8.3 million visitors a year-- beat out only by the Louvre.

Team Nickname: Unlike other countries competing in the World Cup, the U.S. doesn't have an official nickname. In the past, the team has been called "The Yanks," but the jury's still out on it being the official name of the U.S. Men's National Team. Other nicknames include "The Stars and Stripes" or just "Team USA."

Best Player: Tim Howard is the best player on the US Team and arguably one of the best keepers in the world.  He is temporarily the "US Secretary of Defense"... according to Wikipedia.  

2010 Finish: Lost in Round of 16 to Ghana

Current Results: W vs Ghana (2-1), Draw with Portugal (2-2), L vs Germany (0-1), L vs Belgium (1-2)

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Image: ESPN/ Cristiano Siqueira