Midfielder Jermaine Jones, whose mother is German and father is American, got a massive tattoo of a star-shaped American flag on his left knee in April, two months before the tournament started. It's not clear if Fabian Johnson, Timothy Chandler or Julian Green -- the team's other German-Americans -- have any Team USA ink hidden under their jerseys, but the rest of the players have plenty of patriotism to make up for it. Captain Clint Dempsey has the the outline of Texas, where he's from, inked on his left elbow and a bald eagle on his chest. Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who's from New Jersey, has a tattoo of the Garden State on his abdomen.
Sign up for occasional World Cup dispatches from Brazil delivered right to your phone -- including the best photos and limited highlights -- by "starring" this story in ABC News' phone app. Cyclocross started in Europe more than one hundred years ago when cyclist were looking for a way to stay fit in winter. Cyclocross requires the power of a sprinter, the speed and endurance of a time trialist, the bike-handling skills of a mountain biker and the tactics of a road racer.
It is not surprising that cyclocross has become the fastest growing part of the sport of cycling in the U.S.
Events foster a festive atmosphere and encourage everyone to have fun while racing as hard as possible.
Teammate John Brooks, meanwhile, has a tattoo of the city of Berlin one one elbow and Illinois on the other to represent his dual-citizenship and heritage.
From the country's flag to state outlines, the artwork makes it very clear who they're playing for in the 2014 World Cup: USA.
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