Howard keyed up for World Cup challenge

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USA's number 1 says team can produce 'magic moments'

Tim Howard is in positive mood as he and the United States national team prepare for their World Cup opener against Ghana on Monday.

The Blues' goalkeeper feels that the Americans are capable of gaining revenge for their defeat to the West African nation in South Africa four years ago which would put them in with a good chance of getting out of the so-called "group of death".

The US were drawn along with highly-fancied Germany, Portugal and the team that has knocked them out of the last two World Cups, Ghana.

Howard feels that the team's Group G schedule is a favourable one, though, particularly if they can get off to a dream start with a win.

“The way our group is stacked up, we play Ghana first, then Portugal and Germany,” Howard says. “I like the layout of the group, I think it works in our favour. I feel like if we can get three points in our first game, that really sets us off.”

The 35 year-old also believes that he and his teammates can hold their own against their much-vaunted opponents and that they're capable of producing the kind of magic that the world's biggest football tournament can produce.

“The players in our group pose a huge threat to any goalkeeper," he continues. "The names are household names now and as a team we have to get the tactics right. You never try to stop one particular player; you have to stop a group of players. The World Cup is all about magic moments and I think we have players who can do that too.”

The Americans come into the tournament in good of form having won three warm-up matches on the bounce and Howard admits that he is feeling good about the Stars and Stripes' prospects.

"I'm a dreamer by nature," he tells ESPN, "so I see it going really well. I think about getting through to the next round and putting [2010] right. Quite frankly we should have gotten through the second round in South Africa so I think this team is capable of doing that.

"So, I see it going well. That's the only way I allow myself to think."

The US and Belgium were set to play a low-key, behind-closed-doors friendly this week to keep both teams sharp before they start their respective group campaigns next week but the game was called off.

Quotes sourced from Liverpool Echo

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Jimmy Page
1 Posted 11/06/2014 at 14:24:45
It still baffles me at why Klinsmann left out Donovan, it doesn't make sense whichever way you look at it.

Not taking a class player like Donovan will see the Yanks out of the group of death soon enough.

I never liked Klinsmann, diver of the highest order; I'm sure Rat boy viewed his videos in detail.

Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 11/06/2014 at 19:17:04
I think the USA could be a dark horse in the World Cup.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 11/06/2014 at 19:35:22
Blatter is promising us inter-planetary football. The man's a genius.
Paul Ferry
4 Posted 11/06/2014 at 23:25:49
Paul, you don’t get it wrong often, mate, but USA a ’dark horse’! No chance. I have a $250 dollar bet that they will not win a single group match and I’m feeling pretty smug about it. This US team would struggle in the Premier League and their lead striker is...

I’m already planning putting my $250 towards the flight for 2 September home matches.

As for Howard, it’s par-for-the-course upbeat rhetoric that we all expect in such situations, so good for him, but he is another reason why the USA cannot be considered a ’dark horse’.

There’s some funny name for the USA ’hard-core’ fans, can’t think of it, but they will win the worst appearance of the cup award: atrocious obesity rate, bandanas, Harley Davidson types.

Jamie Crowley
5 Posted 11/06/2014 at 23:29:35
Jimmy -

Donovan got fat and lazy frankly. He didn't fit into the plans or set up.

I agree he could have made the squad but only as someone who'd come in at 75 minutes for set pieces and to try to turn the tide of a game. He couldn't make it 90 minutes.

Jurgen didn't want someone who was off on sabbaticals and who's heart wasn't in it.

I desperately want the US to get out of this group. It'd be a major achievement for US Soccer. And I make no apologies for that because... I'm American and very, very proud of that fact.

I'm also very proud that an Everton player like Tim Howard represents the two teams I love. He's a class act.

Patrick Murphy
6 Posted 11/06/2014 at 23:38:02
Apparently there are two World Cups being staged in Brazil, one run by gangsters and hoodlums and the other is being played in Rio's Favelas.
Gerry Quinn
7 Posted 12/06/2014 at 12:28:49
I thought that Anichebe was exceedingly average until I saw Altidore – how crap is he! If I had a choice between him and Donovan, I know which one I would pick for this kind of tournament. Landon has scored more goals in the last 2 matches than Altidore in the last 18! Makes no sense to me – why pick the poor man's Anichebe?
Rob Teo
8 Posted 12/06/2014 at 14:27:55
In the spirit of the World Cup, I thought I'd post a link to a video made in Singapore for all to enjoy:

Paul Hewitt
9 Posted 12/06/2014 at 17:30:01
Mr Ferry you really think the USA will not win a single point?

They have some great players. I don't think they will win it but a semi-final is possible.

Paul Ferry
11 Posted 12/06/2014 at 18:37:27
HI Paul - 9 - my bet was that they would not win a game not get a point mate, but if you're willing to quote me odds...

Let me do my Fat shitbag Lawro anal-gazing: Ghana 3 USA 1 - USA 0 Portugal 2 - USA 1 Germany 4

Ah, nein points not nine.

Jamie Crowley
12 Posted 12/06/2014 at 19:11:00
Paul - I'm a USMNT hack - I love my USMNT.

But frankly if they get out of the Group it'll be a miracle along the lines of loaves and fish...

Semi-finals - I will fly to Liverpool and streak through the center city en route to jumping (completely naked mind you) in the Mersey.

I've never been. This would be a great thing to have happen to make me go there and keep my word...

Paul Hewitt
13 Posted 12/06/2014 at 20:01:49
I think the USA will beat Ghana and Portugal but lose to Germany. As for Jamie see you in Liverpool.

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