Following a gut-wrenching 2-2 draw against Portugal deep in the Amazon, the #USMNT had just two days of training and rest before departing for Recife in preparation for its match against Germany, where a number of scenarios can either send the #USMNT into the Round of 16 or back home.
June 23, 2014
Thanks to all the supporters out there for pushin us today!!! Only 30 sec more and we done it!! but… http://t.co/EInowVg6au— Jermaine Jones (@Jermainejunior) June 23, 2014
The match-up against Portugal that put the #USMNT in the predicament against Germany was a roller coaster ride. The mistake for Portugal's early goal, the two goals to put the U.S. up and the last-minute dagger that leveled it.
Kramer tries not to watch the World Cup after "overdosing" in 2010. "The highs are high, but the lows? Oh, they're low! They're low, Jerry!"— Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) June 12, 2014
The team has traveled about 3,300 miles in less than three days, and somewhere in between, the starters and reserves found a way to get a few practices under their belt.
No matter how far the team traveled, #USMNT fans wanted the players to know there was always support from home.
WONDO!!!!!!!!— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) June 22, 2014
The support and a few good training sessions that concentrated on Germany got the players right back on track.
Before the team left, one thing had to be figured out; who would win the team soccer tennis championship?
Easy win at training today!! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/HN5PQO2KJC— Aron Jóhannsson (@aronjo20) June 24, 2014
And just like that, the team boarded its third flight in as many days, getting to Recife two days before the showdown with Germany.
Onto Recife! Focused on Germany... Leggo ✈️✈️✈️✈️— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) June 24, 2014
Hello Recife! #LetsDoThis— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) June 24, 2014
The welcome wagon in Recife was truly amazing.
Another scenario the #USMNT and Jurgen Klinsmann must deal with on Thursday is banged up defender Matt Besler and the absence of forward Jozy Altidore following a hamstring injury in the early stages of the Ghana match.
However, the @ussoccer just might have an ace up it’s sleeve… or maybe it’s a king…
One thing is for sure: fans, clubs, businesses and celebrities are excited for The #USMNT to #LetsDoThis.
After record-breaking TV records for the match against Portugal, fans and fellow athletes have taken to social media to build-up the momentum for Thursday’s crucial game.
Even the Hulkster go on board with the #USMNT.
The USA-Germany game has received so much attention that even folks who are off planet are tuning in - that's right our astronauts are excited!
Once it arrived in Recife, the team wanted to relax a bit. Whether it’s playing cards or watching good ol’ television, players took their mind off all the pre-match hub-bub.
"The office" is my show during this World Cup— Mix Diskerud (@MixDiskerud) June 24, 2014
In the end, the motto stays the same: win and we’re in. The #USMNT can advance with a win, a tie or even a loss. But, the easiest way to advance according to Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic? #RiskEverything.
Despite being North American neighbors, the first meeting between the United States and Mexico actually took place on the other side of the Atlantic. Played on May 24, 1934 in Rome, the game was a one-off match – essentially the USA’s first World Cup qualifier – for the right to play in the second FIFA World Cup, which was set to kick off days later in venues across Italy.
Playing in front of 10,000 spectators, including Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the Americans rode a four-goal performance from Aldo “Buff” Donelli to defeat Mexico 4-2 and earn a place in the 16-team field at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.
You would hope the 11 players that came away victorious that day cherished the memory in Rome, because as big as the result was, it would take another 46 years before the USA would defeat Mexico again.
Though 17 of those 24 matches were played on Mexican soil, that winless streak against our neighbors to the south is by far the longest against any one opponent in team history, both in terms of number of games and years,. It fortunately ended on Nov. 23, 1980, when the U.S. used a pair of goals from Steve Moyers to defeat Mexico 2-1 in another Qualifying match, this time for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
With Mexico already booking its ticket to the next round of Qualifying and the USA already eliminated, from a competitive standpoint, the match was meaningless. However, whether or not they realized it, the 2,126 fans in attendance at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium witnessed history that night, and to this day are among the few Americans that saw the USA’s 43-year winless streak against Mexico come to an end.
Though the USA and Mexico met only once more during the decade, the dam had been cracked. With 1990 marking the MNT’s first appearance in the World Cup in 40 years, the 1980s also served as a transitional phase in the rivalry with Mexico as a new generation of American players began to reap the benefits of greater emphasis on the game here at home to lay the foundation for future triumphs.
The first in a series of successes came during the semifinals of the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Led by former Mexico head coach Bora Milutinovic, the USA used second-half strikes from John Doyle and Peter Vermes to stun El Tri 2-0 in front of a pro-Mexico crowd of 41,103 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and went on to win the tournament’s inaugural title.
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