In October, the U.S. National Soccer Team advanced in World Cup qualifying, thanks in large part to a half-dozen German-born players fathered by African-American soldiers in the U.S. military.

The choice to play for U.S. National Soccer Team rather than the German team relates a lot to their racial identity. In the case of soccer player Danny Williams he told his parents he felt more American than German. Williams says, “When people look at me in Germany they know that I am not 100% German.”

CNN’s George Howell takes an in-depth look in this “Black In America” report.

Soledad’s CNN documentary “Who is Black in America” special airs on December 9th at 8pmET.