Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jurgen Klinsmann: United States 'cannot win this World Cup'

With the World Cup nearly upon us, fans of the United States men's soccer team are hoping the squad can exceed expectations in the global tournament. It won't be easy though, as the U.S. will be without its most decorated player in history (Landon Donovan), and the team also faces an unenviable task of playing in the "Group of Death" which includes Portugal, Germany, and Ghana.

To the level-headed U.S. soccer fan, simply advancing beyond group play should be seen as an accomplishment for this group. This is precisely what the 2010 club did before getting bounced by Ghana, 2-1, in the Round of 16. However, as with anything, there always remains that small glimmer of hope the U.S. might actually shock the world and win the whole tournament. This would sound even more promising if U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann believed it.

In a recent interview for The New York Times, Klinsmann conceded that the United States has no chance to win the World Cup. Well, at least this time around.

“We cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet,” Klinsmann said. “For us, we have to play the game of our lives seven times to win the tournament.”

For the most part, Klinsmann is absolutely correct. Other powers such as Spain, Brazil and Germany are miles ahead of where the U.S. currently stands in international soccer. With that being said, it has to be somewhat deflating for players to hear that their own coach doesn't believe they can win the tournament. Even if most of us (and them) already knows this to be true. It's one thing to think it and quite another to publicly say it.

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