2014 World Cup: 5 Reasons Why USMNT Can Take Down Germany

2014 World Cup: 5 Reasons Why USMNT Can Beat Germany

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Still feeling the effects of Sunday's 2-2 draw against Portugal? Well, the USMNT are instead gearing up for their last group stage game against Germany. The Germans have the higher World Ranking (2 to USA's 13), more players in the Champions League (18 to America's 0) and have won three World Cups while USA's best finish was fourth in the inaugural 1930 Cup. The point is favorites don't always win and there is reason to believe in the Yanks.

5. Jurgen Klinsmann

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5. Jurgen Klinsmann

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In a hold-your-tongue moment, ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman shot praise Jurgen Klinsmann's way just seconds before Varela's equalizer on Sunday. While Twellman's accolades just so happened to be mistimed, the message was accurate; Klinsmann has made wise choices in both tactics and personnel. And if anyone knows what Germany shall bring Thursday it is their former captain and head coach.

4. Michael Bradley

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4. Michael Bradley

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Yes, Michael Bradley had one of his worst games in recent memory against the Black Stars and yes, he was the man who missed a practically open net and whose turnover led to the very late equalizer against Portugal. However, imagine against Germany a Bradley in top form, passing the ball with the eyes of a world-class footballer and creating offensive chances like the Toronto FC forward did in the pre-World Cup warm-ups.

3. Clint Dempsey

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3. Clint Dempsey

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With all the talk of diving, poor referee decisions leading to penalty kicks and even now biting, Dempsey is the player every novice, on-the-fence American soccer fan can get behind. Not only has the 2014 version of Captain America displayed grit (suspected broken nose against Ghana) in a sport infiltrated with "softer" athletes, but he also scores, which he'll have to do against Germany.

2. German Defense

Benedikt Howedes Mats Hummels Per Mertesacker Jerome Boateng
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2. German Defense

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Make no mistake, on paper the Germans have one of the most formidable back lines in the World Cup with Benedikt Howedes, Mats Hummels, Per Mertesacker and Jerome Boateng. However, Howedes has been playing out of position at left back. Also, the defense was not fully tested against a Portuguese side playing with 10 men for most of the match and was brutally exposed in the second half against Ghana.

1. Tim Howard

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1. Tim Howard

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Although Howard has not been called upon immensely in Brazil, I am still waiting for the moment in this tournament when the keeper truly saves the day for the Yanks. Something tells me against Germany, Howard's time shall come. Thus far Die Mannschaft have tallied six goals (third most after two games behind the eight from Holland and France) with three of those coming from 2010 Golden Boot winner and Bayern Munich standout Thomas Muller.

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