Squabbling to inseparable: 12 soccer siblings who made their mark in the U.S.

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Tayt and Patrick Ianni

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Born 13 and a half years apart, the Ianni Brothers link MLS' earliest years with its modern era. Tayt, 45, got into 10 games for the San Jose Clash in the league's first two seasons and won one MLS cap, in a 1996 loss at Peru, after spending time in Germany and Thailand.

Patrick, 32, played at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and nine years with Houston and Seattle, winning two MLS Cups, three U.S. Open Cups and MLS' 2012 Goal of the Year honor. Both emerged from UCLA, where Tayt met his future wife, the daughter of legendary Bruins football coach Terry Donahue.

Angelo and Paul DiBernardo

The brothers didn't even discover soccer in and around Chicago until several years after they'd moved, in 1972, from Argentina, but both sprinted into the upper reaches of the American game.

Angelo, six years older, spent six years in the old North American Soccer League -- playing alongside Johan Cruyff with the L.A. Aztecs and next to Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, Johan Neeskens and Giorgio Chinaglia with the New York Cosmos -- and was a key contributor to the U.S. national team in the early 1980s. A career highlight: playing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Paul, who followed Angelo to Indiana University, turned pro just as the NASL collapsed and spent his career indoors. He earned one U.S. cap, playing alongside his brother in a 1985 draw with Switzerland. Angelo's daughter, Vanessa, plays in the NWSL for the Chicago Red Stars and was part of the U.S. squad that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Drew and Janine Beckie

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The Denver-bred Beckies have both played in Canada's national teams system, Janine as a rising forward with the Canucks' full team -- she won a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics -- after first playing for the U.S. U-18 and U-20 squads. The Houston Dash striker, who turns 23 later this month, was born in Highlands Ranch but spent part of her youth in Saskatchewan, where Drew, a 26-year-old defender, was born.

He was a 2013 Columbus Crew draft pick who twice made it into the 18 and played 10 times in the reserve league before heading to the NASL, where he now toils for the Jacksonville Armada.

Roy, Steve and Geoff Wegerle

All three South African brothers played in the NASL, and Roy, the youngest by about a decade, also starred in MLS and with the U.S. national team. Steve, born in 1953, was the first to come to America, joining the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1977. He also played for the New York Cosmos and Fort Lauderdale Strikers, spent time in the indoor game, and teamed up with Geoff, who was a year younger, with a post-NASL version of the Rowdies.

Geoff, who earlier had played alongside Steve with Feyenoord, spent his NASL years with the Oakland Stompers and Toronto Blizzard. Roy, one of three players to make NASL and MLS rosters -- Hugo Sanchez and Frank Klopas were the others -- received U.S. citizenship through his wife in 1991, debuted for the U.S. the following year, adding class in the attack, and went to the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

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