Heroes are best when faced with the toughest challenges. That being said, it's safe to say that Team USA is currently facing its toughest moment in World Cup history and it's time for the Americans' inner superhero to shine. Take a look at which heroes the U.S. players best embody during this month-long tournament.
Served Fresh by Subway For complete World Cup 2014 coverage visit Yahoo Sports and follow @YahooSoccer Clint Dempsey - Captain America This goes beyond the fact he’s the captain of the American national team. The tough-minded Texan has a sturdy earnestness about him, and when he pulls off moves like he did in scoring quickly against Ghana, you almost wonder if he’s the product of a Super Soldier Serum. Kyle Beckerman - Wolverine The hair is one thing, but the real reason Beckerman get the nod here is the steel he brings to the midfield. Beckerman is one of the key cogs in the adamantium spine of the U.S. team. He’s also a bit older than most of the other players, but he doesn’t play like it. Jermaine Jones - Incredible Hulk We can’t be sure he was ever bombarded by gamma rays, but when Jermaine Jones gets angry, look out. A bone-crunching tackler who rampages around the pitch with an eye for destruction, the midfielder cuts one intimidating figure. Jones smash. Tim Howard - Spider-Man One of the vanguard characters in the American soccer comic book, Howard’s reflexes have saved many a shot for the national team, and his knowledge of defensive organization makes it seem like he has a spidey-sense for what opposing attacks are going to try to do. Michael Bradley - Professor Charles Xavier He’s bald, he’s brilliant and he’s the leader of the team. Bradley plays a cerebral game, with his touch often seeming like it’s being guided by telepathic command. Yes, he played poorly against Ghana, but to paraphrase the “Days of Future Past” Professor X, just because someone stumbles and loses their way doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. Alejandro Bedoya - The Flash One of the United States’ fastest players, Bedoya has always been a bit of a periphery character in the U.S. Soccer picture, considering he’s spent his entire professional career in Europe after playing at Boston College. Now, Bedoya has a chance to shine in a starting role, just like the Flash has a chance to shine with a new TV series. Chris Wondolowski - Mr. Fantastic One potential replacement for the injured Jozy Altidore, Wondo is a tall, slender striker who seemingly stretches his way into poaching goals. Aron Johannsson - Human Torch Another forward who will look to replace Jozy Altidore now that he’s injured, Johannsson ignited his career by setting the Dutch league on fire at AZ Alkmaar. DaMarcus Beasley - Green Lantern A mainstay of the U.S. Soccer corps, Beasley is the only American to play a match in four World Cups. That’s a testament to his will, which he uses to keep the peace as one of the locker room veterans and police the left side of the U.S. back line as a converted defender. Fabian Johnson - Iron Man Usually glimpsed with a wry smile on his face, Johnson rockets up and down the right flank from his outside back position, always looking to add to the United States team. And as a native of Munich, his experiences abroad changed him for the better, just like Tony Stark. Jurgen Klinsmann - Superman Confused? Don’t be. The character of Superman, as written by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, was originally intended to be a super-villain based on the concept of the “Übermensch,” which is basically a superhuman embodiment of all we aspire to be, first proposed by Friedrich Nietzsche. Klinsmann, like Nietzsche, is German. Klinsmann, like Superman, is the son of another land who came to the United States to lead us to glory. Look up in the sky! Geoff Cameron - Colossus The big, bruising center back doesn’t say much. He just recognizes an attack when he sees it and transforms his body into organic metal to prevent it. Good luck getting around him when he makes his mind up to stop you. Jozy Altidore - Thor As strong and physically imposing a player as the USMNT has, his shots are thunderous and his contributions when he’s in form are godlike. Also, with the way he played during club season he might as well have been visiting Asgard. Matt Besler - Batman Don’t be fooled by Besler’s dashing looks. The reliable defender works in the shadows compared to his more well-known teammates, but he’s just as reliable as any of them, getting the most out of his limited physical abilities through intelligence and training. His parents are alive and well, thanks for asking.