Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/22/13
It’s time to put down the champagne and turn off the music. The celebratory period is over. You made it. Now is the time to get back on that momentum and ride it into Brazil. The U.S. Men’s National Team is on a tear, they’re looking to be one of the strongest, deepest, and most cohesive units when the World Cup comes around in 2014. When their group is known, the other squads will be in for a real treat, as this United States team has got something to prove. It’s going to be expected that they take their group by storm, as they should, because Klinsmann has everything going for him. Klinsmann can feel the nation’s love for the sport growing, the fans chanting “U-S-A,” so loud that he can’t even hear himself think. His ability to construct game plans against some of the most feared international teams and making sure to best utilize his young players in their best environment on the pitch, gives the United States a much better chance to take down their opponents in Brazil. I’ve become quite fond of Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman. He and Michael Bradley have solidified the center of the midfield, both Kyle Beckerman (Photo credit: John Todd) offensively and defensively. Beckerman’s passes are pristine and always hit their mark in stride, boasting a completion accuracy of 83% for Real Salt Lake per soccer statistics website, Squawka. Another impressive little bit of this dread donned midfielder is that in 45 minutes of action in the 6-1 stomping of Belize during the Gold cup, Beckerman recorded an impressive 51 completed passes out of 55 attempts as reported by  ESPN writer, Jeff Carlisle. Any game I have witnessed Beckerman play, I always come away thinking that he is improving. Sometimes, like in their latest victory against Mexico, I hardly notice his presence, but it does not take long to see him come up big with a tackle. As I see it, the midfield is going to be the biggest help for the United States, with Bradley’s health most likely to be fully recovered, he and Beckerman will be vital in feeding the vets, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, as well as the big bodied Jozy Altidore in prime goal scoring opportunities. I guarantee that this is the most anticipated World Cup outing in United States history. Not only that, but it’s going to fuel the already blazing soccer culture in America. With Brazil just less than a year away, I feel like a kid in February waiting for Christmas, my impatience having a hard time containing itself. It only takes that one moment when I open that present; that the wait was well worth it. Even more, if the United States continues their current run, exploding into the opening match with the zeal and passion they have displayed during this summer’s qualifiers, it’ll be a World Cup never to forget.

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