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2014 World Cup: 5 Reasons Why USMNT Can Survive ‘Group of Death’

2014 World Cup: 5 Reasons Why USMNT Can Survive 'Group of Death'

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The USMNT was looking for revenge against Ghana, who had eliminated the U.S. from the last two World Cups. The U.S. got their revenge in the form of a 2-1 victory, as Clint Dempsey scored 29 seconds into the game and John Brooks added a late winner. The win puts the U.S. in a great position to advance out of their group. Here's a look at five reasons why the U.S. can advance out of that group dubbed the 'Group of Death.'

5. The U.S. Showed Resiliency

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5. The U.S. Showed Resiliency

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The United States led for the first 81 minutes of the game, as Clint Dempsey scored 29 seconds after kickoff. But that changed in the 82nd minute when Ghana equalized. With Ghana dominating the possession, the U.S. could easily have fallen apart. Instead they fought back and found the game winner. That resiliency is not a trait that all team's have, and it could be key for the U.S. as they face tough tasks coming up against Portugal and Germany.

4. Tim Howard Is In Goal

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4. Tim Howard Is In Goal

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The back line for the U.S. had some struggles against Ghana, but luckily for them, Tim Howard was there to clean up the mess. Jurgen Klinsmann has said that TIm Howard is one of the top five goalkeepers in the world, and he showed it against Ghana, coming up with big save after big save. Howard gives the U.S. a chance to stay in any game no matter the opponent, which bodes well for the USMNT as they look to advance.

3. Jurgen Klinsmann Bring Experience

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3. Jurgen Klinsmann Bring Experience

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With the USMNT looking to improve on their last World Cup performance, Jurgen Klinsmann is the man the U.S. want in charge. He brings a wealth of experience, having won a World Cup as a player and led Germany to a third place finish at the World Cup in 2006, so he knows what it takes. Klinsmann has instilled a belief within the USMNT locker room, and it has the U.S. on the verge of advancing despite being in the 'Group of Death.'

2. Portugal Is Struggling

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2. Portugal Is Struggling

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After picking up three points against Ghana, the U.S. are likely a win against Portugal away from securing a spot in the round of 16. Good news for the U.S. is Portugal is struggling. Portugal had two starters go down with injuries and saw center-back Pepe pick up a red card which will keep him out of the U.S. match. Couple that with Cristiano Ronaldo coming off injury, and it turns into a very winnable game for the U.S.

1. The United States Picked Up Three Vital Points

USMNT vs. Ghana
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1. The United States Picked Up Three Vital Points

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The Ghana game was just the first of three games in the group stage, but it was a make-or-break game for the USMNT's chances. A loss would have put the U.S. in a situation where they would need to beat both Portugal and Germany for a shot at advancing which would be a tough task. Instead, the U.S. is in a situation where just a positive result in one of their next two games could get them out of the group stage.