10 things to know about the US National Team Before the World Cup

For The Win

(USA TODAY Sports) (USA TODAY Sports)

The United States faces Ghana at the World Cup in 10 days. Over the past three weeks, you’ve probably heard a lot about the U.S. team, its lack of Landon Donovan, and the Group of Death. We’re cutting through the static to provide you with the 10 most important facts (subject to interpretation) about the U.S. …

1. The coach is a savior, pariah, teacher, and a lightning rod.

Jurgen Klinsmann was hired to coach the U.S. in 2011, signed an extension through 2018 in December, and has spent the past three years reinventing the entire culture of American soccer at the international level.

That’s a good thing and a bad thing.

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The good: Klinsmann has made the U.S. roster stronger, and deeper. He’s cultivated a new crop of talent and reinforced the existing team. The result remains to be seen, but there is hope…

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