Of course the US won't win the World Cup, but should the head coach be the one to say it?
United States Mens National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann knows it too, and he said exactly that to the media in an interview.
There are several schools of thought regarding what Klinsmann said. Some think that he's just being realistic, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Of course he's being realistic. There's really no doubt about that. The United States has never been a legitimate world soccer power, and the odds of the Americans even getting out of their group, never mind win the entire tournament, are rather slim.
But should the coach be the one who says that? The experts and pundits will be saying it already, and the United States is already in the "group of death," meaning the odds are stacked against them to begin with.
Klinsmann's job is to get the most out of his players. Is this the best way to do it? Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports disagrees with the negative reinforcement tactics, and he's not alone.
The funny thing is that most Americans, in their lovely soccer ignorance, actually think the US has a chance to win the World Cup. In a recent survey, here's the teams picked to win the World Cup by each country. Basically, everyone thinks Brazil is going to win, except for a few countries like Spain and Argentina... and the United States. Funny one, guys.
Chart via ChrisSpags