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World Cup: Inexplicably,
U.S. Believes That It Can Win

Wall Street Journal, by Matthew Futterman

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/24/2014 11:27:20 AM

São Paulo After two pacemaker-busting games in Brazil, it has become apparent that the U.S. men´s national team probably isn´t one of the best teams in the world. No shock there. But the strange thing is, this random group of good-but-hardly-great footballers believes it actually is. That faith nearly made them, improbably, the first team to survive this World Cup´s Group of Death. With a game to go, the Americans have one foot in the door of the knockout round. A draw or a win against Germany on Thursday or any Portugal-Ghana outcome that keeps the U.S. ahead on goal differential will keep

      


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World Cup: Inexplicably,
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Wall Street Journal, by Matthew Futterman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/24/2014 11:27:20 AM     Post Reply
São Paulo After two pacemaker-busting games in Brazil, it has become apparent that the U.S. men´s national team probably isn´t one of the best teams in the world. No shock there. But the strange thing is, this random group of good-but-hardly-great footballers believes it actually is. That faith nearly made them, improbably, the first team to survive this World Cup´s Group of Death. With a game to go, the Americans have one foot in the door of the knockout round. A draw or a win against Germany on Thursday or any Portugal-Ghana outcome that keeps the U.S. ahead on goal differential will keep

   

 

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