Belgium knocked out United States in the round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup in a match that was decided in extra time as neither teams managed to score a single goal during the opening 90 minutes of the match but when added time was given, goals started to flourish with Belgium winning with a narrow scoreboard of 2-1.
When the 2014 World Cup reached its end, the manager of the United States national football team Jurgen Klinsmann claimed that he had received a number of offers from European clubs but the German tactician replied by saying that he is looking forward for everything that is waiting for him as the head coach of the American outfit.
Klinsmann said: ‘’There have been several enquiries from European clubs but I told them straight away that they don’t have to follow up on them. That’s not an issue for me. I am under contract here until 2018, and I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks’’
Compared to other sports in the United States, Soccer does not play a huge role and the team of Jurgen Klinsmann was never expected to win the 2014 World Cup or any of the previous editions of the worldwide tournament but they still managed to make an impressive campaign as the team just barely slipped away from entering the quarterfinals, the last time they have managed on reaching so far was back in 2002 when Japan hosted the World Cup.
The 50 year old German coach is well aware of all the work that he has to do as there are things that still need to be done including their task of defending their title at the 2015 Gold Cup as well as making another impressive campaign in the 2018 World Cup.
When the US national football team manager, Jurgen Klinsmann, came to address the press ahead of his team’s group match against Portugal, the happiness was clear on his face and the reason behind that happiness was quite obvious. The match between Ghana and Germany had just ended in the form of a draw which put the Yanks in a very good position in Group G. Now, they just need to win against Portugal and they would be through to the next round.
Speaking in the press conference, Klinsmann said, “We had the idea that it was one of the toughest groups in the tournament. Just now we saw a match between Ghana and Germany. That was a draw which shows how tough the competition is in this group. So, having 3 points in the bag with two games to go, it’s really good. We are very happy with where we stand at the moment.”
“Now, it’s the opportunity for us to prove ourselves at a big stage. It’s the occasion and we have got to rise to it. We would try and take the attack to the opposition tomorrow. Three points against Portugal would get us into the knockouts and that would be an achievement.”
“Obviously, there is excitement in our camp. The boys want to have it started already.”
In their first game against Ghana, the Yanks had secured a 2-1 victory. If they beat Portugal tomorrow and qualify for the knockouts, it would be the third occasion in the last 4 FIFA World Cups that they would be able to get past the group stage.
However, Portugal would also be coming hard at them after having lost to Germany quite badly the other day. So, the encounter is going to be interesting.
The US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann will be preparing his team to face Nigeria in a friendly match just before the World Cup 2014. This match could be a great preparatory tool for the Americans since it occurs just a few weeks before the World Cup, while Nigeria are also one of the teams to have qualified for this tournament. Nigeria do not have a tough draw on their hands since they will be up against teams like Iran and Bosnia in the group stages. The same cannot be said of the Americans, who will be up against Germany, Portugal, and Ghana.
This is widely perceived as the group of death since all teams have the capability to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament. Klinsmann has already achieved a lot of success with the US national team at previous major tournaments. The US were especially good at the recent Confederation Cup. However, they do not come into the World Cup in the best of form, as they have managed just two victories out of the last five matches. Still, friendlies against Mexico, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Nigeria provide the US with enough opportunities to recover their form.
Klinsmann also recently suggested that he has not close to the door on any player looking to get into the national team at the last moment.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the schedule we have put together for the Send-Off Series. We have some fantastic opponents that will help us get prepared for the teams we will meet in the World Cup,” said Klinsmann. The nation will be opening their World Cup with a match against Ghana, which will be again of great importance given that the remaining two are against slightly tougher opposition in the form of Portugal and Germany.
The US national team striker Aron Johannsson says that he hopes to sign for the team in 2014. He is competing for a starting spot along with Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore. Altidore has been leading the line for the US national team under Jurgen Klinsmann for more than a year, but his poor form since moving to Sunderland should be a cause of concern. Klinsmann, though, need not worry since he has Johannsson on a good run of form. The AZ Alkmaar striker has bagged 22 goals in just 35 matches for his club. Even though AZ are only mid-table right now, Johannsson has reasons to believe that he will start ahead of Altidore.
Altidore has for long been seen as the main striker in the national team, but there are fears that he may not have been as good as people thought after his move to Sunderland. The 24-year-old has managed just two goals in 31 appearances for the Premier league outfit. Prior to the move, he managed 38 goals in 67 matches for the Dutch club. Johannsson only has six appearances at national level, but he is hoping to add to it before the World Cup starts. The US are in a tough group containing the likes of Germany, Portugal, and Ghana.
“I try to focus on my game every day at training and at every game for my team AZ and that’s all I can do. I try my hardest to make the decision as hard as I can for Jürgen. Obviously it would be a great honor to be on the airplane to Brazil and to get any minutes at the biggest stage in the world would be amazing. If everything goes the right way 2014 can be the most important year of my career so far,” said Johannsson.