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June 12, 2014

Klinsmann: Don’t expect title by U.S.

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SAO PAULO —

Klinsmann won the 1990 World Cup as a player for West Germany and coached Germany to the 2006 semifinals. He caused a stir last weekend when he was quoted by The New York Times Magazine as saying in a December interview “we cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet.” Klinsmann, who has lived in Orange Country, California, for most of the last 16 years, was accused by some commentators of having an un-American mentality.

“If it’s now American or not American, I don’t know,” he said. “You can correct me however you want.”

Mix Diskerud, the 23-year-old midfielder with a Norwegian father and Arizonan mother, took Klinsmann’s remarks as a challenge.

“That’s an opportunity for us to prove him wrong,” he said.

Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya thought it was a meaningless debate, but he does feel the Americans are dismissed by the soccer cognoscenti.

“People still have around the world a little bit of a prejudice maybe or something that America is still growing in the soccer world,” Bedoya said. “They still poke fun maybe that we call it soccer and not football.”

Only eight nations have won the World Cup, all from Europe and South America. Brazil has a record five titles, followed by Italy (four), Germany (three), Argentina and Uruguay (two each), and England, France and Spain (one apiece).

“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,”’ forward Jozy Altidore said. “You come here obviously with that dream in the back of your mind. Let’s not be silly. At the same time you have to be realistic and understand there are some teams that maybe are a bit more favored than we are obviously to win the tournament.”

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