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What They're Saying
September 22nd, 2013 4:27AM

TAGS:  men's national team, world cup 2014


“No, you've got to be realistic. I mean, I think we have the potential, obviously like in the past, to get out of the group stage -- it depends, obviously, who you have in your group -- and then it's all down to 50-50 games. Then, you give the real battles in the knockout stage."

-- U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann asked on the halftime show of NBCSN's coverage of the LA Galaxy-Seattle MLS match whether the USA can win the World Cup. He went on to say playing -- and beating -- teams like Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina in friendlies showed the USA could compete.

  1. Simon Provan
    commented on: September 22, 2013 at 10:31 a.m.
    I'm a little confused by this. JK has been preaching to the players, fans and media that we have to believe that the US can win any game. He has said that belief is starting to take shape. Then he turns around and point blank says the US can't win the World Cup. I'm not naive enough to believe the US will win the WC, but it does seems a contradiction of terms coming from JK. Interesting, that is all. I'm not ripping on him or being unrealistic. Just making an observation.
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: September 22, 2013 at 4:05 p.m.
    Simon - I'm quite sure that you're not alone in your confusion but most would not be quite so polite in expressing it. For myself, I actually welcome the realism. For too long there has been a delusional aspect to the expectations for the USMNT, aided and abetted by US Soccer and the previous coaches. If everyone talked as if we actually had a chance to win it all, then there was no need to admit that our entire coaching regimen and our youth development was a mess. JK came in with the expectation that things had to change so he has no ambivalence about saying that we still have a ways to go before our youth talent identification and development puts us in a position to make winning the WC a real possibility. Participation in efforts like Alianza de Futbol are part of that NEW outlook from US Soccer. I would love to know why, after 10 years in existence, Alianza has suddenly gotten US Soccer's attention. Did JK have anything to do with it????
  1. haendel lazo
    commented on: September 23, 2013 at 6:13 p.m.
    JK is right, he wants the us players to believe they can win any game, but we don't have the quality to win the WC yet. look at Mexico the fans and the media makes them believe the are the best in the world and can not even deal with the the Concacaf teams. no doubt the USMNT is improving let's wait a couple of years we will be win it!

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