After 3 Warm-up Wins, Yanks Arrive in Brazil Upbeat if not Quite Samba


by Steve Clare on Jun.09.2014
  1. Sao Paulo FC Training Facility, Barra Funda, Brazil -- The wait is over - at least for the players.

    The 23 players who will contest the 2014 World Cup for the USA have landed in their Sao Paulo base. Looking a little weary but relaxed, the players and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann returned to the familiar surrounding of the Sao Paulo training complex at Barra Funda.

    There is still a full week to go until the USMNT takes the field in its first Group G game where Ghana will provide the opposition.

    The USMNT communications staff assured the journalists gathered of no hitches in the trip, just the routine weariness a long flight entails.

    The side was rightly on a high after completing a hat trick of warmup wins with a 2-1 win over a talented but weary-looking Nigeria side.


    That followed a win by a similar score over Turkey and a 2-0 win over a weak Azerbaijani side. Both the goals the USA conceded were penalties and they were both consolation goals, scored when the USA already lead 2-0 and the game was drawing to a close.


  2. Notable absentees were head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his technical director Berti Vogts. The two stayed behind in the USA to scout the Ghanaian side who were facing the Repubic of Korea in a final friendly, in Miami.

    The training seemed light given that the side only left Florida at 11:40 p.m. last night. The squad flew on a commercial flight (business class) but will fly charter from now on inside Brazil.

    The training session consisted of stretches, some keepy-up and the obligatory colored cones making an appearance.

    In the absence of Klinsmann, Geoff Cameron, Chris Wondolowski and Tim Howard faced a media scrum of about 60 reporters and cameramen.

    All 23 players arrived and the only health concern was a knock Brad Davis took in training.


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