It doesn’t matter what, or how it happens, but everyone seems to want to knock the United States. Jurgen Klinsmann for one, made a statement that many already believe to be true about this USMNT, and it was that a win this year simply isn’t realistic. It’s almost crazy to hear a coach say that, but do you think that maybe there’s a chance this is a motivating factor that Klinsmann is using to light a fire under his team?
This is a coach who has spent a ton of time with these players, and if you think there’s anyone at all who knows how to push their buttons and get them going, then you can bet that it’s Klinsmann.
On the other side of things though, with a group that features powerhouses Germany and Portugal, as well as a team who has had the United States’ number in the past in Ghana, why would anyone say they have a realistic chance? Well, if you want your dark horse for the 2014 World Cup, you just found it in this team.
The USMNT is playing the style of soccer that we’ve all waited, and hoped to see from them for so long. The simple pass, the smart ball and the good shots. They move the ball well, find the open player and play the most unselfish soccer that I’ve seen from a USMNT in a long, long time. This is a team who plays fast, allows the ball to do the work and simply cares more about winning than who scores the goals, which is a beautiful thing to watch on the soccer field.
But what’s even better for the United States is that they are the underdog, and they absolutely love that role. There’s no better spot for the USA to be in than as the underdogs. Some people don’t even think they’ll get third in the group, and I can guarantee you that these words and thoughts have sat with the players on the plane ride over to Brazil, and the time leading up to the start of their first game against Ghana as well.
Led by Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, the United States not only has the talent to make it out of the group stage, but they have the confidence as well. They know what they are capable of, and if this team plays to the level that they’re capable of, then who knows how far they can make it.
Do not sleep on the United States of America in this World Cup.