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Klinsmann: 'We feel very confident'
by Paul Kennedy, June 11th, 2014 4:39PM
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TAGS:  ghana, men's national team, world cup 2014


[WORLD CUP TODAY: Wednesday] In his first comments since arriving in Brazil after scouting Ghana Monday night in Miami, Jurgen Klinsmann said he wasn't overawed by the Black Stars. Just forget for now about the idea, though, of the USA winning the World Cup.

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While the national team went ahead to Sao Paulo, Klinsmann stayed behind with German scouts Berti Vogts and Matthias Hamann and watched Ghana dismantle South Korea, 4-0, with an impressive display of finishing.

“We feel very confident going into this game against Ghana,” Klinsmann told reporters at the USA's training facility at Sao Paulo FC. “But we also know what Ghana represents – one of the top nations in Africa, no doubt about it."

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Klinsmann  said he got what he wanted out of his stay in Miami. “I wanted to see them myself and get an impression there," he said, "and we have that." By this point it is clear what the strengths of weaknesses of all the U.S. opponents are. "And we know about our strengths," Klinsmann added, "and what we need to improve still, and we’ve been working on that for a month.”

For now, Klinsmann is taking things one step at a time. “I think for us now talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic,” he said. “If you do it like Greece in 2004, I think that nobody from Greece would have said, ‘We’re going to win the European Championship,’ but they did. At the end of the day, soccer, the beautiful thing is it’s unpredictable. You don’t know what happens."

Klinsmann isn't about to get ahead of himself and delve on the talk of whether it's realistic to say the USA can or can't win the World Cup. “First we’ve got to make it through the group," he says, "so let’s stay with our feet on the ground and say, ‘Let’s get that group first done,’ and then the sky is the limit. But before and half-a-year before and even now (a day) before the World Cup starts, to say that we should win the World Cup is just not realistic.”

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SCRIMMAGE CANCELED. The USA-Belgium scrimmage schedule for Thursday has been canceled. The U.S. players will instead hold two practice sessions before they leave for Natal.

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EX-UNION MAN GETS CALL. Former MLS player David Myrie (one game for Philadelphia in 2010) has been called up by Costa Rica to replace defender Heiner Mora, who suffered a broken heel on the Ticos' first training session on Tuesday at their base in Santos.

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Myrie was on the Chicago Fire's roster in 2009 but did not play an MLS game. He started the Union's opener in 2010 but was cut by the end of the month. He now plays for Herediano, the ninth club in his eight-year career.

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