The U.S. soccer team left Miami on a 10-hour flight to Brazil for the World Cup late Sunday. It is obviously a big moment for the entire 23 man roster, and for the majority, it is a first. Team captain Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Brad Guzan are the only ones who have played in a World Cup. But that doesn't mean that it’s not as exciting the second (or third) time around. And, of course, exciting times call for selfies. Almost every player took one, or was at least featured in one, for the beginning step for the 2014 World Cup.
The United States beat Nigeria 2-1 Saturday in its final World Cup tuneup match, and it has a full week to get acclimated to the Brazilian weather and culture, playing Ghana at 6 p.m. ET Monday. Its group was widely considered the "Group of Death" but hope has grown since a World Cup-ending injury to German attacking midfielder Marco Reus and a hobbling knee injury to Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, which may or not have been caused by Ghana witch doctor, Nana Kwaku Bonsam.
The United States will be looking to improve on its 2010 performance, which ended in the round of 16 with a loss to none other than Ghana.