NATAL, Brazil (AP) The skies may clear by Monday night, when the United States plays Ghana in the World Cup opener.
No matter the weather, the formula for advancing to the second round is evident: get at least a point from the first game.
”It’s pretty much like a knockout game,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told fans at a send-off pep rally last month in New York’s Times Square.
The Americans have never advanced from the group stage after failing to get at least a point in their opener. They reached the knockout phase after winning their first games in 1930 and 2002, and following draws in 1994 and 2010.
Kamehameha graduate, former US National team member (2003-2010) told KPRC in Houston, Texas this weekend that “it’s a huge game for (the USA) and a game that we have to win if you want to get out of the group.” Ching also expressed confidence in the team saying, “it’s not going to be easy, but watching the team through the warm up games, they got better and better as it went along, our big players really stepped up in the last few games, so I’m really excited to see how thye approach this game, and I think they are going to do well.”