Reputations count for nothing when the soccerdads take to the pitch. Team USA are a hardworking bunch, always ready for a scrap and dangerous on the counter-attack. They certainly need that attitude and much more as they will be taking on Ghana, Portugal and Germany. The final tie in the group stage promises to be a tasty affair as Jurgen Klinsmann cross swords with his former understudy, Joachim Low. Klinsmann, who led Germany to World Cup glory in 1990 as a player and took them to a third-place finish in 2006 as manager, will have a gameplan ready to trip his homeland. His tactics may be questionable now and then but his motivational skills are second to none. Everton’s Tim Howard remains a familiar figure in goal, ably assisted by a defensive unit led by Matt Besler. Michael Bradley will anchor the talented midfield, which include the likes of Jermaine Jones and Julian Green. Both have German roots and will be looking forward to face Low’s men. The decision to drop Landon Donovan means USA might struggle for goals. Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore may prove no match for Ronaldo, but then reputations…




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