World Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann pleased by Mexico, Costa Rica wins – "We all represent CONCACAF"
The US national team is the final CONCACAF team to get underway at the 2014 World Cup, and the Americans will be looking to maintain the strong start the rest of the region has built.
Although Honduras endured a tough loss on Sunday against France, Mexico beat Cameroon in their opening game 1-0. And Costa Rica have pulled off what was arguably the upset of the tournament thus far, beating Uruguay 3-1 on Saturday.
USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks the wins by Mexico and Costa Rica are promising for the entire region.
“I think it’s exciting to see Mexico win, to see Costa Rica win," he said during a press conference in Natal on Sunday. "It’s our region, and we want them to do well because we all represent CONCACAF. We want to follow up on that definitely [on Monday].”
The US finished CONCACAF qualifying in first place, in addition to winning the 2013 Gold Cup, so perhaps Klinsmann's confidence stems from the Americans' success within the confederation while he's been at the helm of the national team.
The United States kick off their Group G campaign on Monday against Ghana (6 pm ET, ESPN/Univision in US, CBC in Canada).