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USMNT arrives in Brazil for World Cup

Published: Thursday, Aug. 27 2015 3:49 p.m. MDT

United States' national soccer team player Kyle Beckerman arrives at the Sao Paulo International airport in Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. U.S. team arrived in Sao Paulo to continue their preparations for the upcoming Brazil 2014 World Cup, which starts on June 12.  (Nelson Antoine, Associated Press) United States' national soccer team player Kyle Beckerman arrives at the Sao Paulo International airport in Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. U.S. team arrived in Sao Paulo to continue their preparations for the upcoming Brazil 2014 World Cup, which starts on June 12. (Nelson Antoine, Associated Press)

SAO PAULO — The U.S. World Cup team has arrived in Brazil.

The Americans landed in Sao Paulo on Monday morning on a commercial flight from Miami and arrived at their downtown hotel on a bus with the American flag and the slogan "United by team, driven by passion." A helicopter hovered overhead.

Four soldiers in fatigues, about two dozen police in riot gear and what appeared to be several plain clothes security stood outside the hotel, which is adjacent to a park on a tree-lined street. The Americans will train at nearby Sao Paulo FC until Friday. They then fly 1,450 miles north to Natal for their opener Monday against Ghana, the team that eliminated them from the last two World Cups.

An initial training session in Brazil was scheduled for late afternoon.

United States' national team soccer player Clint Dempsey arrives at the Sao Paulo International airport in Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. The U.S. national soccer team arrived to continue their preparations for the upcoming Brazil 2014 World Cup, which starts on June 12.  (Nelson Antoine, Associated Press) United States' national team soccer player Clint Dempsey arrives at the Sao Paulo International airport in Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. The U.S. national soccer team arrived to continue their preparations for the upcoming Brazil 2014 World Cup, which starts on June 12. (Nelson Antoine, Associated Press)

Appearing in their seventh straight World Cup, the Americans also play Portugal and Germany in the group stage.

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