World Cup prediction — America go home

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    June 16, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    First the team has to get out of the Group of Death with Ghana, Portugal and Germany. Next is a match with the winner of Group H, which will most likely be Belgium or Russia. Get past one of them—definitely possible if the U.S. can manage to get out of a group with tougher opponents than either one of those teams—and the side waiting is almost certainly going to be Argentina, home of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and one of the best attacking forces on the planet. The U.S. could get lucky and face France or maybe even Switzerland in that match, but somehow getting through any of those teams would most likely put the United States in the semifinals against Spain, Netherlands, Uruguay or Italy. Winning that match will put the Americans into the World Cup Final, where they would likely face either host nation Brazil or get a rematch with Germany. That's a very tough road to win the World Cup.

    June 16, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    Where's the best place in the Salt Lake area to watch the game?

  • rj Moss, Norway
    June 16, 2014 2:19 a.m.

    Relax Brad! And everyone else who's up in arms over Klinsmann's comments. For a German, he's got a lot of flair, which is one reason life in the U.S. appealed to him in the first place. But he still speaks with the blunt candor of a German, which is tough for the American win-or-go-home mentality to swallow. I find it refreshing, especially in contrast to Chris Bosh's unreserved comments prior to their latest Finals drubbing yesterday. Klinsmann will have his team ready to play their hearts out, which is something to get excited for! But a little dose of reality from a reliable source never hurt anyone...

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    June 15, 2014 7:46 p.m.

    Good call, someone had to say it. It will be a miracle if they win against Ghana.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 15, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    Like the Utes, the USMNT competes against the best as they try to improve...And no Brad, I'm not going to bed, I will watch and support. Go Utes. Go USA. Go RSL.

  • ed in atl Duluth, GA
    June 15, 2014 6:30 a.m.

    The USMNT will beat Portugal and advance. They will surprise us, just watch.

  • UT Brit London, England
    June 15, 2014 2:25 a.m.

    Yeah the US is in a tough group, its very unlikely they will leave the group stages.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    June 15, 2014 12:38 a.m.

    Brad, you're way off on this. He didn't say they couldn't beat Ghana, or Germany, or Portugal. He said they couldn't win the World Cup. There's a very, very big difference between those statements. They could sweep the group stage and still not have a realistic chance of winning it all.

  • BusStopRatBag Layton, UT
    June 14, 2014 8:08 p.m.

    U.S. is in the group of death. They have to beat Ghana and hope from there. Chances are they won't get points off Portugal and Germany. Klinsmann is just being honest and realistic. Getting out of the group will be a major, and nearly impossible, accomplishment. I just hope USA Soccer know that too and keep Klinsmann on even if they crash out with zero points.

  • Vegas POV Las Vegas, NV
    June 14, 2014 6:30 p.m.

    Perhaps Jurgen Klinsmann has a bit of Lou Holtz in his coaching style. Lou Holtz would always talk up the other team no matter their honest capability and made it an us against them mentality. Then, Columbo like, he would say "Just one more thing" if we can do this ..., then we might have a chance.

    I don't know where this thing is headed but I think I will wait until the games are played to make my decision on Klinsmann's ability with the US team.

    In the meantime, after seeing just a few games, I think that USMNT may be better served by preparing to hire Hollywoods best drama coach. I have never seen such "miraculous" (and fast) recoveries after such "brutal" hits in the goal box.