Before the World Cup begins in June, take some time to get to know the U.S. players that will be fighting for the trophy. Some of the team came from big cities like Providence, Seattle, and Dallas – but we wanted to tout 11 team members who made their way from the smallest of American towns to a spot on the squad in Rio. These small towns impress with their charm, quirks and services and you should make a point to visit them if you ever get the chance.
Kyle Beckerman (Crofton, Maryland)
Team: Real Salt Lake
Hometown History: Crofton is located 24 miles south of Baltimore and has a population of around 28,000. In July 2007 Crofton was named by Money magazine as one of “100 Best Places to Live” in the United States. Homes here cost significantly more than other areas in Baltimore, which keeps crime rates down. The city was planned around a popular 3.5 mile walking and biking route. One of the premiere American families, the Hopkins’, lived in the area for over 270 years and once owned over 1000 acres in Crofton. Other famous people from Crofton include Bill Belichick, Sprio Agnew, and Edward Snowden.