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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Landon Donovan doesn't mince words

Landon Donovan's first day as an ESPN World Cup analyst, and already, he made a splash by saying he disagrees with Jurgen Klinsmann's assessment that this US team can't win the World Cup.

"This will come as a surprise to nobody, but I don't agree with Jurgen," Donovan
said. "And as someone who has been in that [USMNT] locker room and has sat
next to the players, we agree with the American Outlaws (fan group): We believe that we
will win. I think that's the way Americans think.''

Dispatches from Brazil..

World Cup Countdown: 1 Day to Go!

5 quick notes from US training camp...

1. Belgian coach Marc Wilmots cancels Thursday scrimmage vs. US because of traffic chaos here. "I don't want to sit on a bus for five hours,'' he said. US team will have 2 workouts instead.

2. ESPN hired Landon Donovan as a World Cup analyst. He will commentate on US games from studio in Southern California. Could be some awkward moments, especially if the US is down by a goal with 5 minutes to go.

3. Weston's Alejandro Bedoya, a US midfielder, was greeted by US Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde. Turns out she, like Bedoya, is a Colombian-American. They had a nice chat and posed for photos.

4. Speaking of Bedoya, he and Jozy Altidore have been embroiled in some serious FIFA World Cup video game contests. Bedoya sheepishly admitted that Altidore beat him 2-1 last night.

5. Security was SUPER tight for US open training session today. Armed guards in camo everywhere, and people at bag check confiscated gum, mints, and hand lotion from our bags.

 

Video from US training in Sao Paulo

World Cup Countdown: 1 day to go! WOW!

The US team had an open (invitation only) training session this morning in Sao Paulo.

Here is some video of what they were doing to get ready for Ghana on Monday...

 

Video from US training in Sao Paulo

World Cup Countdown: 1 day to go! WOW!

The US team had an open (invitation only) training session this morning in Sao Paulo.

Here is some video of what they were doing to get ready for Ghana on Monday...