The United States men’s national soccer team (USMNT) has advanced to the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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But how much of it can be attributed to the players' families?
Here’s a look at some USA players, both past and present, who credit much of their success on the soccer pitch to their families:
Dempsey — the hot-headed, fiery goal scorer for the United States — attributes many of his personal achievements to God and his family. Coming from humble beginnings, Dempsey said that his relationship with God and his family has led to him finding success in the World Cup.
"When I was 12 years old, my life took a turn that would change me forever. My sister [Jennifer] died [from a brain aneurysm] and I was faced with questions about why things happen and what role God played in it all,” he said to The Huffington Post. “For a number of years, I struggled and put distance between God and me. But He was faithful and patient and provided gradual healing and strength."
Looking back at the group stage, Brooks might be one of the most influential players for the United States. His goal to break the deadlock and defeat Ghana was enough to make him a USMNT hero, according to CNN.