Jurgen Klinsmann wants a win, not a tie vs Germany

Klinsmann says the odds are against the US, but still wants a win vs Germany

6/23/14 in Soccer   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) attempts a shot on goal but misses against Portugal midfielder Nani (17) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe United States is very close to making it out of the "Group of Death" and into elimination play, after beating Ghana 2-1 and finishing with a tough-fought draw against Portugal. Now, with a win against Germany, they could even win their group despite what coach Jurgen Klinsmann says were odds stacked against them from the beginning.
"We have one day less to recover. They played yesterday; we played today. We played in the Amazon; they played in a location where they don't have to travel much. Everything was done for the big favourites to go and move on. We're going to do it the tough way."

Of course, there's no surprise that the World Cup is slightly tilted towards the 8 seeded teams, who are supposed to be the best in the tournament. But that's not stopping Klinsmann from expecting a victory against Germany and a Group Stage championship for the Americans.
"I don't think that we are made for draws, really, except if it happens like tonight - two late goals, last seconds. I think both teams go into this game and they want to win the group."

A draw would work nicely for both the Americans and the Germans, since it would move them both to the next round. That's exactly what Germany has been expecting the entire time as the group favorites, and it's exactly what the Americans have been hoping for since day 1.

It was thought to be nearly impossible for the United States to advance from group play, but they've put themselves in the driver's seat with the win over Ghana and draw against Portugal, whom they were expected to struggle against before the tournament began.

This should be a great test for the United States. We'll see if they can take advantage of this opportunity.
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6/24/14   |   Scott   |   53843 respect

Outside of clinching a spot in the round of 16 after 2 games, the next best thing would be controlling your own destiny heading into game 3.  With the way this World Cup has been going, I wouldn't be shocked if the States somehow upset Germany

6/23/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

I, for one, always felt it was very possible we would advance.  I felt we could win against Ghana as their streak just could not continue and we really are a better team.  We matched up well against Portugal so a draw or even a victory I felt all along was possible.  And sort of expected a loss to Das Mannshaft.  Leaving us 1-1-1 with 4 points.  With a little help I felt we could advance under those conditions.  I suppose I was in the minority on that but I can honestly say that was my prediction going in.

Although I also predicted a US loss to Belgium in the round of 16....    But after watching the tournament unfold I'm now thinking Belgium could be had.   Assuming we are 2 and they are 1....