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Klinsmann Revels In U.S. Advance To Last 16

Klinsmann Revels In U.S. Advance To Last 16

Recife (Brazil) (AFP) – United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann saluted his team’s advance to the World Cup second round after a 1-0 defeat to Germany saw the Americans into the last 16 here Thursday.

The Americans were written off as contenders to qualify from Group G, which also contained Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and African giants Ghana.

But a win over Ghana and a draw with Portugal meant they defied the odds to reach the next round on goal difference.

“It’s huge getting out of this group,” said Klinsmann.

“Everybody said ‘You have no chance’ but we took our chance and now we move on and we really want to prove a point.”

The former Germany coach praised the contribution of goalkeeper Tim Howard, a towering presence at the back for most of the game who was beaten only by a superb Thomas Mueller long-range strike.

“Tim is one of our big shots. He’s our leader, he keeps everyone together and obviously we need him right now,” Klinsmann said of the Everton stopper.

“In a World Cup if you want to go far you need one of the best goalkeepers in the world — and we have one.”

Germany will now play the winner of Group H in the last 16, expected to be Belgium, in Salvador next Tuesday.

But Klinsmann said he believed his team could raise their game again.

“We can still do better. We got through the group but we can do better in the round of 16 and we will do better,” he said.

Goalkeeper Howard meanwhile tipped Germany to be one of the contenders for the title.

“Hats off to Germany — I think they have an opportunity to win the World Cup, that’s how good I think they are,” Howard said.

AFP Photo / Nelson Almeida

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  • Dominick Vila

    The USA team playing in the 2014 World Cup is doing an outstanding job, not because they have famous football (aka soccer) players, or because they have an outstanding coach, but because they play well as a team and because as opposed to some of the spoiled brats in other teams they are determined to go down fighting. They deserve our support and admiration, regardless of whether or not they make it to the finals. What they have accomplished is a positive reflection on our character and pride.

    • BillP

      Now Dominick you know it’s just a subterfuge ordered by President Obama. He worked with FIFA to have them schedule the World Cup whenever he needed to divert attention from – fill in the blank (examples IRS, Benghazi, Hillary’s book tour, etc. We know Ann Coulter would never make something up, would she!!

      • Dominick Vila

        What is troubling is that some people listen to her and other demagogues like her, and that she is making millions making up garbage like this.

        • BillP

          Sadly what you wrote is too true but you have to laugh at her team sport comment. I guess in this country none of the sports are team-oriented sports. May she doesn’t count football (US style), basketball or baseball as sports.

  • jointerjohn

    I read the National Memo each day to learn about things that matter, not for sports. Sports news is bombarded upon us by all the idiot new outlets already, stick to topics for grownups.