SAO PAULO —
“We’ve got to do much better than the last cycle,” he said.
He defended his pre-tournament comment that the U.S. was not ready to win the World Cup, saying he didn’t want to raise “expectations to kind of a level that is over the moon.” After he arrived in Brazil, he mentioned he was prepared to stay for the entire tournament, that he had booked a plane ticket for the day after the final just in case.
But as U.S. players prepared to scatter to clubs and family vacations, Klinsmann conceded he also was leaving early.
“I changed the ticket last night,” he said.
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