The 2014 Brazil World Cup kicks off on Thursday and the wait is over for the world’s greatest tournament. The United States men’s national team are headed to Brazil with a slogan of “one team, one nation.”
“I think all of our games, the travel and just the supporters… It’s just what we try to put on the field,” United States defender Fabian Johnson said.
The expectations vary for the US team in the group of death but many are hoping to just get to the knockout stages.
“First of all, I think the most important thing we have to get out of the group stage and then after that it’s anybody’s game, really,” U.S. MNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya said, via US Soccer’s website. “I think when you play any team after the group stage, you’re obviously already confident and you’ve got some motivation from advancing out of the group stage and it’s football, anything could happen and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hopefully we can make it out of the group stage and advance into the quarter-finals.”
ESPN put on a special 30 for 30 documentary called “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil” that chronicles the team’s build up to the World Cup. It is a remarkable documentary and if you have time before the US’s first game on Monday you should watch it and catch up on everything you need to carry on in soccer conversations during the tournament.