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By Orrin G. Hatch
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Topic - Jurgen Klinsmann
Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast - and fans around the world, really - for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.
Even Belgium captain Vincent Kompany tweeted: "Two words.. TIM HOWARD #Respect #BelUSA." That post had received 59,675 re-tweets and 45,242 favorites by early evening Wednesday.
After the teams went scoreless in regulation, Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 93rd minute and Romelo Lukaku in the 105th to give Belgium the final margin. A gorgeous goal by U.S. substitute Julian Green in the 107th wasn't enough, and the Americans' last efforts fell short.
They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready. The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday.
I never understood the big deal about Klinsmann's comment about the U.S. not being ready to win the World Cup. It seemed like the perfect combination of tampering public expectations and challenging the team to reach deeper. Coaches always do the latter in private, during practices and meetings, but they usually refuse to let unfiltered truth seep out during interviews.
Altidore strained his left hamstring in the Americans' opener against Ghana on June 16 and didn't appear in their next two games. He has been working out on his own.
Despite criticism from USMNT fans, midfielder Michael Bradley has the support of his coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
That's not to say every choice is the right one. (Leaving behind Donovan still perplexes.) Yet after the Americans survived the ballyhooed "Group of Death," one must give credit where it's due. Klinsmann has a vision. He's committed to it. And it's working.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann took a chance on the Los Angeles Galaxy star for Thursday's Group G finale against three-time champion Germany, inserting Gonzalez for struggling right center back Geoff Cameron in the 1-0 loss that was still enough for the U.S. to advance in Brazil.
Soccer will grow in America. And someday, it will have a significant place at the sports consumer table in this country. But it won't be because of the hipsters who are watching now, who will go back to their "True Blood" and "Top Chef" viewing parties when the World Cup is over.
Klinsmann said Donovan didn't start because he'd been hampered by left knee soreness.
"I'm not worried at all," United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "I'll just take it the way it is, and we're going to prepare the best way and we're going to be well prepared for the World Cup. We'll build up confidence and believe that we can get good results to get into the next round."