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Can the USA Win the FIFA World Cup 2014?
To be honest, Americans have never got into the World Cup fever thing. We just have too many other national sports that are more important and passionate about. Soccer is new for us, in the sense that it is "national" sport. All schools have soccer teams and the US has a minor league to develop players, but really, attendance to these games are sparse. Soccer was a sport never taken seriously, it was not American, or ironically, for girls (ironically, in Brazil, they think it is only for boys and men).
Part of the issue was the USA never cared enough or had the skilled players to get into the World Cup and when they first got in, we weren't exactly a powerhouse team. Soccer became more important in the USA because of the performance of the women's Olympic team, it was stunning, and invoked national support.
Today, the men's US team in the World Cup is turning heads. Chatter among the traditional powerhouse teams voice concern and surprise that America has even got as far as it has. They invoke the American spirit of resolute attempts, determination, to win the World Cup. The US team is really a collection of excellent players from many European soccer clubs. Four of the players are from German clubs (Brooks, Johnson, Chandler, Green), four are from premier English clubs (Howard, Guzan, Cameron, Altidore), nine players are from US teams, five are from Mexico, plus, many others from other countries.
Both Bradley and Dempsey are paid the most, $6 million. This amount of money lured both players to play for team USA. After the Portugal game, that the USA won, the stats showed the opposite: USA was outshot 20 to 15, out-possessed 52% to 48%. But, the narrow margins were tipped by a combination of luck and determination.
As far career goals made, Dempsey, with 39, from Seattle leads the way. Second is Altidore with 23, from England.
Against Germany, it is a battle between the teacher and pupil. The US coach with American wife and kids, is the former player and coach of a German powerhouse soccer club, Klinnsmann. The coach of the German team was his assistant coach, Joachim Low. Both coaches knows how the German's play intimately.
Beating the world's No.4 soccer team, Portugal, was huge for the USA. Call it a fluke or luck. Let's face it, the US actually had won that game until the last 10 seconds. Beating Ghana was also huge. It proved the caliber of players on the US team are real contenders this time. The US team is nearly guaranteed to make the the second round of 16 teams unless they lose against Germany. Even a tie or any result between Ghana-Portugal will propel them into a round of soccer the US has never got to before: The Group of Death.