The United States World Cup Team in South Africa will have a distinctly Chicago Fire flavor. In fact, one can make a strong case that the Fire has had more influence on this squad than any other single club has since five members of St. Louis Simpkins-Fordwere on the 1950 US World Cup roster that upset England in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The reliance on Fire connected players and coaches will be an important factor to creating a unified team chemistry that will give the US its best chance of success.
Here are the XI. players and coaches that give the Fire even more influence on the 2010 US roster than Simpkins-Ford did on the 1950 US roster. Listed after each name is the position with the US World Cup squad and the years affiliated with the Chicago Fire:
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