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Published: June 5, 2015 at 10:53 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2015 at 12:47 p.m.

The NFL's soccer football all-star team

The US women's national team won the World Cup yesterday, their first championship since 1999. To celebrate, let's morph world football with American football. What if we took NFL players and built a soccer football team?

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  • As the reigning defensive player of the year, Watt is the most dominant guardian of the goal in the American game. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuM7T14roso" target="new">Like German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer</a>, Watt's versatility and athleticism is unbecoming of a player at the position, as he often ventures beyond the traditional jurisdiction of his position to thwart oncoming offensive onslaughts. 12

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    Goalkeeper - J.J. Watt

    As the reigning defensive player of the year, Watt is the most dominant guardian of the goal in the American game. Like German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Watt's versatility and athleticism is unbecoming of a player at the position, as he often ventures beyond the traditional jurisdiction of his position to thwart oncoming offensive onslaughts.

  • Since entering America's football league, Sherman has more passes intercepted and passes defended than any other player. His playmaking ability on the pitch speaks for itself, but a knack to get into opponents' heads is an added intangible that this team will put to great use. 11

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    Defender - Richard Sherman

    Since entering America's football league, Sherman has more passes intercepted and passes defended than any other player. His playmaking ability on the pitch speaks for itself, but a knack to get into opponents' heads is an added intangible that this team will put to great use.

  • An all-league player in two of his first three seasons as a professional, Kuechly is arguably the best central defender in American football. 10

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    Defender - Luke Kuechly

    An all-league player in two of his first three seasons as a professional, Kuechly is arguably the best central defender in American football.

  • Suh's <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/playbooks-profits/index.ssf/2014/04/ndamukong_suh_returns_to_socce.html" target="new">roots in the game</a> are profound, and now his passion for soccer football can come to life as he brings his famous fearsome football attitude to the pitch. As an added bonus, he looks rather stylish <a href="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/148lgcD1NL3Il0vkWHNyrQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NQ--/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2014-06-21/fce495b0-f96c-11e3-b061-cb4b5d808b8d_Suhjersey.JPG" target="new">sporting the red, white and blue</a> of #America. 9

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    Defender -- Ndamukong Suh

    Suh's roots in the game are profound, and now his passion for soccer football can come to life as he brings his famous fearsome football attitude to the pitch. As an added bonus, he looks rather stylish sporting the red, white and blue of #America.

  • Revis has been an active player on the transfer market in recent years, going from New York to Tampa Bay to New England and back to New York. There's a reason why Revis is in such high demand, opposing strikers often disappear when they venture to Revis Island. 8

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    Defender - Darrelle Revis

    Revis has been an active player on the transfer market in recent years, going from New York to Tampa Bay to New England and back to New York. There's a reason why Revis is in such high demand, opposing strikers often disappear when they venture to Revis Island.

  • Luck has quickly established himself as an elite distributor of the football, quickly able to decipher the defense's intentions and get the ball into the possession of the proper attacking player. Luck's leadership skills make him a natural to sport the captain's armband (really, that honor was inspired by <a href="http://worldsoccertalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/usmnt-world-cup-away-shirt-andrew-luck-flag.jpg" target="new">this image of him sporting the U.S. kit</a>. So much American awesome going on there.). Also, there just aren't enough neck beards in soccer football. 7

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    Midfield - Andrew Luck

    Luck has quickly established himself as an elite distributor of the football, quickly able to decipher the defense's intentions and get the ball into the possession of the proper attacking player. Luck's leadership skills make him a natural to sport the captain's armband (really, that honor was inspired by this image of him sporting the U.S. kit. So much American awesome going on there.). Also, there just aren't enough neck beards in soccer football.

  • Mariota credits his football background for helping develop the athleticism, fundamentals and intelligence necessary for success in soccer (or, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000495573/article/marcus-mariota-credits-soccer-for-nfl-preparation" target="new">was it the other way around?</a>). Mariota brings outstanding speed for a player of his size, and his height (6-foot-4) will also make him a valuable asset on set pieces. 6

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    Midfielder - Marcus Mariota

    Mariota credits his football background for helping develop the athleticism, fundamentals and intelligence necessary for success in soccer (or, was it the other way around?). Mariota brings outstanding speed for a player of his size, and his height (6-foot-4) will also make him a valuable asset on set pieces.

  • Philadelphia paid a handsome $40 million transfer fee this offseason to acquire Murray, a player capable of keeping a defense on its heels and score from anywhere on the pitch. Murray is also a workhorse, capable of putting in a full 90-minute workload when required. 5

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    Midfielder - DeMarco Murray

    Philadelphia paid a handsome $40 million transfer fee this offseason to acquire Murray, a player capable of keeping a defense on its heels and score from anywhere on the pitch. Murray is also a workhorse, capable of putting in a full 90-minute workload when required.

  • Beckham thinks that he could have made it as a professional soccer football player, so here's an opportunity for him to put his money where his mouth is. After having made the most incredible play of the previous American football season, you can see how Beckham's speed and play-making ability will suit him well as this team's attacking midfielder. 4

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    Midfielder - Odell Beckham, Jr.

    Beckham thinks that he could have made it as a professional soccer football player, so here's an opportunity for him to put his money where his mouth is. After having made the most incredible play of the previous American football season, you can see how Beckham's speed and play-making ability will suit him well as this team's attacking midfielder.

  • Sure, other players at his position had better seasons than the one affectionately called "Megatron" experienced in 2014. However, Johnson remains one of the most accomplished and reliable playmakers in American football. 3

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    Forward - Calvin Johnson

    Sure, other players at his position had better seasons than the one affectionately called "Megatron" experienced in 2014. However, Johnson remains one of the most accomplished and reliable playmakers in American football.

  • Gronk has an incredible knack for scoring, but it's his <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000086245/Gronk-s-royal-celebration" target="new">goal-scoring celebrations</a> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-england-patriots/0ap1000000059927/Gronk-misses-spike" target="new">that have made</a> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-england-patriots/0ap3000000390390/Brady-to-Gronk-Celebration" target="new">him a hit</a> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-england-patriots/0ap3000000469365/Gronk-spikes-puck-at-Bruins-game" target="new">with fans</a> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap2000000085868/Gronking-in-London" target="new">the world over</a>. 2

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    Forward - Rob Gronkowski

    Gronk has an incredible knack for scoring, but it's his goal-scoring celebrations that have made him a hit with fans the world over.

  • Belichick brings his championship pedigree and hoodie to the pitch, annually directing his club team -- New England -- to the top of the table. Here he gets the opportunity to direct the finest that American football has to offer to ultimate victory, just like he did for his club back in February. 1

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    Coach - Bill Belichick

    Belichick brings his championship pedigree and hoodie to the pitch, annually directing his club team -- New England -- to the top of the table. Here he gets the opportunity to direct the finest that American football has to offer to ultimate victory, just like he did for his club back in February.