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US Soccer Team Prepares for the World Cup

United States World Cup soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, left, and team captain Clint Dempsey answer questions from the news media.
United States World Cup soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, left, and team captain Clint Dempsey answer questions from the news media.
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The National Soccer Team has trained at Red Bull Stadium in Harrison, New Jersey, not far from New York City.  Recently, the team won an important “friendly” match against a strong opponent, Turkey.  
        
The Americans are hoping to do well at the World Cup -- the championship of international football, or soccer as it is called in the U.S.  But it will not be easy to advance, earning the right to move up at the competition.  
                    
As play begins, the U.S. team will be competing in what has been called the “Group of Death,” which describes the most difficult group at the World Cup Finals.  Germany, Ghana and Portugal are also part of the “Group of Death.”  The U.S. has to play all three teams to get to the next level of play.

Last month, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to reporters.  Jurgen Klinsman is a former German star player and coach.  He has served as head of the U.S. team since 2011.  He is hopeful about the U.S. team succeeding.

“It’s a tough group.  But we are expected and we expect from ourselves to do well.  We expect to go into the knockout stage.  So we've got to figure out a way to do that.  That’s what we are working on.  We believe we can absolutely go into the next round, you know.  Will it be tough games, tight games?  Absolutely.  That’s what the World Cup is all about.”
                                
Clint Dempsey is the captain of the U.S. Team.  He said it was an honor to be named to that position.

“Anytime you can go into a World Cup and be the captain for your country something is very special and you never forget.  But during this World Cup qualifying process, once Jurgen named me captain, I just try the best that I can to lead in a way that I know how to."

Clint Dempsey’s teammates also spoke to reporters.  They were hopeful about the team’s performance in Brazil.  But coach Klinsmann sought to limit expectations.

“Germany is expected to win the World Cup.  I don’t think we expect now us to win the World Cup, but definitely we want to go far.  We want to, we want to do well.”

The U.S. team plays its first match of the competition in Natal, Brazil on June 16th.  The opponent will be Ghana, the team that has beaten the U.S. in each of the past two World Cups.
            
The U.S. team has qualified for every FIFA World Cup Final since 1990.  
                
I’m Mario Ritter.
 
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by: BIJU.P.Y from: SOUTH INDIA
06/12/2014 4:09 PM
The Football fever has just set in. The world has been impatiently on the lookout for this joyful moment to come. And America, as it was ever before, is expected to win over its defending champion, Ghana. Here also, the fever has been going out of control. My favorite game is foot ball, but it is very dangerous a game as well. Americans are in a challenging mood and are expected to put their maximum effort in order to win over their enemies. I wish American players all the success. Thank you.


by: Chady from: Thailand
06/12/2014 2:47 PM
That is a very tough group and it is clearly that Portugal and Germany have more chance to get to the knockout stage. Hope U.S can get through the next round.


by: CILENE GONZAGA from: BRAZIL
06/12/2014 12:49 AM
Be welcome to Brazil !!!


by: Flaviano de O Lopes from: Brasil
06/11/2014 11:05 PM
comments already did.


by: f
06/11/2014 11:02 PM
It's almost impossible to the US team go ahead in this world cup, because like the writer said it's opponents are very strong,e.g. Germany and Portugal.Germany and Brazil are the favorite in this competition and Portugal has the best player of the world, Cristiano Ronaldo.In football everything is possible, who knows US team can be "the ZEBRA of this world cup"?


by: Epifanio from: México
06/11/2014 7:39 PM
I know that in the USA there is a strong tradition about fooball,but not about soccer.Personally I think the U.S team must work harder to succeed in these international competitions;but also I know for the American people the sky is the limit.So good luck;as I always
say in this life all is possible.


by: quoc cuong from: viet nam
06/11/2014 4:07 AM
I strongly beieve the us soccer, who will win...perhap they are not famous for soccer but football is a game


by: Richard (Nicky) from: Dominican Republic, Vega
06/10/2014 7:56 PM
I hope so have time to see the opening, I really like to see every opening of this game


by: Michael Joey from: Viet Nam
06/10/2014 3:58 PM
I highly like US soccer, it's so funny in their style of play, and it seems that there is not any competition when they play. The US players seem very comfortable, no anxiety....


by: Calos from: Spain
06/10/2014 10:34 AM
The World Cup is around the corner. Can't wait.

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