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5 Reasons Why The USMNT Can Win The 2014 World Cup

5 Reasons Why The USMNT Can Win The 2014 World Cup

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Ever since the World Cup Draw, there’s been a little less excitement and a lot more dread for the 2014 World Cup among American soccer fans. Being put into the “Group of Death” has sucked much of the hope for a successful World Cup out of fans. But the Americans are often at their best when they’re in the underdog role, which gives some hope that the U.S. can do the impossible. Here are five reasons why the USMNT can win the 2014 World Cup.

5. Stamina in South America

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5. Stamina in South America

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The U.S. may be the best conditioned team in the tournament, and with plenty of heat and humidity expected in Brazil, that could be a big edge for the Americans. The U.S. also has more depth than they've had at a World Cup, so Jurgen Klinsmann will be able to switch up his lineups and keep his team fresh, which could be key if European teams start to tire out in the heat.

4. A Collective Team Effort

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4. A Collective Team Effort

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The U.S. doesn't have the star power to match up with the tournament favorites, but when all 11 players are on the same page and playing together, they can do some incredible things. Remember, they do have wins in friendlies against Germany and Italy in the past couple of years, and they did reach the finals of the 2009 Confederations Cup, so with a collective group effort, the U.S. can play with any team in the world.

3. Clint Dempsey Is Scoring Goals

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3. Clint Dempsey Is Scoring Goals

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After a rough winter with Fulham and a slow start to the MLS season, Dempsey has found is form and is scoring goals with regularity. With Dempsey playing well, there's hope that the U.S. will be able to capitalize on scoring and chances and put some balls in the back of the net in Brazil, propelling them deep into the tournament.

2. Jurgen Klinsmann

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2. Jurgen Klinsmann

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Klinsmann has won a World Cup as a player and led Germany to the semi-finals in 2006, so he has experience and expertise necessary to take a team deep into the World Cup. Klinsmann also has a great feel for the U.S. team; he knows how to put them in a position to succeed and he knows the right buttons to push, and that coaching can go a long way toward giving them a chance to take home the title.

1. Tim Howard

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1. Tim Howard

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If you saw Howard in the EPL this season, you know that the U.S. has a chance, even if the cards are stacked against them. Great goalkeeping can make up for a lot of deficiencies, and if he's at his best in Brazil, Howard can erase mistakes that the U.S. back four makes. The closest thing to a certainty for the U.S. this summer is that Howard is going to keep them in games and give them a chance to get a positive result in every match they play.