An Open Letter to Jürgen Klinsmann

Forget the tie, and forget the tiebreaker. We believe that we can win.

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But there's thing you need to understand, Jürgen. We've been through some shit with this team. We've been through awful losses in San Pedro Sula, and we've been through gut-punches at Azteca.

Maybe it was John O'Brien's early goal in '02.

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Or Brian McBride's gutsy performance versus Italy in '06.

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Or beating Spain in '09.

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Or maybe it was the Donovan goal. We'll all remember that one as long as we live.

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But there was a moment when it happened — when our team, the team that everybody said wasn't worth jack — showed them all. And we watched it happen, and we immediately knew that we'd always believe.

We saw it on Sunday. We saw the United States of America — OUR team — run up and down and all over on Portugal. We saw a team that we could be proud of.

We don't have a Messi or a Ronaldo or a Neymar, but if you always push our boys to play to the death, to never quit, then we'll never quit on you. And we'll go to the ends of the Earth — and maybe even Qatar — to support our colors.

But after two years of qualifiers, and all that's passed so far in this tournament, we're standing here with a chance to win the Group of Death. Why not go for the win?

We believe in Tim and Clint, in Michael and Jermaine, and every other member of this squad. We believe that the team we saw against Portugal — a team that attacked and pushed the Portuguese around — can do it again versus the Germans.

We're ready for Thursday. Some of us will be there in Recife, Brazil, but most of us will be watching from places all around the globe. We will cheer, and we will hope.

Nobody but us believes our team can win this game, Jürgen. But we still believe.