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ASN Morning Read: Brazil '14 Begins with a 'Final'

Jurgen Klinsmann is all like "we best win that first match against Ghana or else we are going home right quick"; Maurice Edu finally seems to be returning to Major League Soccer; a future superstar debuts.
BY Noah Davis Posted
January 27, 2014
7:58 AM
  • "USA first to mark territory in Brazil" is not the headline we would have gone with but whatever, there's some excellent information in FIFA.com's piece about the Americans. Our favorite nugget: “The good thing for us is we don’t start the World Cup with a group game, we basically start it with the World Cup final,” Jurgen Klinsmann says. “We need badly three points against Ghana and then another one against Portugal and we’ll see what we’re going to do against Germany, so it puts you on your toes from the first second.”

  • Eric Lichaj would like Nottingham Forest to go through to the next round in the FA Cup. We would like some breakfast.

  • This makes a lot more sense than $1.2 million:
  • Gedion Zelalem, the best prospect since Cesc Fabregas, debuted for Arsenal's first team, further decreasing the odds that he ever suits up for the U.S. He's fun to watch, though:
  • Noah Davis writes about rising star Sydney Leroux: "She's developed into one of those consistent players you can count on," Abby Wambach says about her teammate. "She's not just a 10-, 20-minute player who can come on and spark our team for a goal. She can play many minutes and actually impact the game for those consecutive minutes and that's not an easy task." The American women play Canada on Friday evening in Texas.

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