World Cup

Klinsmann: Don't expect U.S. to win

Jurgen Klinsmann maintains fans shouldn't expect the U.S. to lift soccer's top trophy for the first time July 13, even if that stance upsets some.

Team USA manager's candid remarks cause controversy

Jurgen Klinsmann seems to be managing expectations, telling fans not to expect the Americans to win the World Cup. (AFP/Getty Images)

American fans decked out in red, white and blue watched their team's lone public training session in Brazil, cheering and seeking autographs.

Jurgen Klinsmann maintains they shouldn't expect the U.S. to lift soccer's top trophy for the first time July 13, even if that stance upsets some.

''I think for us now, talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic,'' the American coach said Wednesday during his first news conference in Brazil before the tournament. ''First, we've got to make it through the group. So let's stay with our feet on the ground and say let's get that group first done, and then the sky is the limit.''

What this means

It seems the U.S. coach is trying to lower expectations for his squad, which is pitted against Germany, Portugal and Ghana in Group G, one of the so-called "Groups of Death." 

American forward Jozy Altidore echoed Klinsmann's sentiments. 

"Look, we haven't won a World Cup before, so you can't go into the World Cup saying, 'Oh, we have to do what we've done in the past,'" Altidore said. "Let's not be have to be realistic and understand there are some teams that maybe are a bit more favoured than we are obviously to win the tournament.''

Not surprisingly, the recently cut Landon Donovan disagreed. He believes the U.S. is sporting the wrong attitude. Now that Donovan has accepted a deal with ESPN to act as an analyst, you can bet he'll make his voice heard on the matter.

Oddsmakers have penned the American's chances of winning the World Cup at 250-1. 


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