BOSTON (CBS) – You’ve heard of the Olympic Minute, but now that the World Cup is in full swing Rich Keefe of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s The Adam Jones Show brings us the latest news from down in Brazil every night in a segment we call the World Cup Minute.
There’s a nasty trend developing in the World Cup that the US will try and buck on Thursday afternoon.
“Here’s the one thing I’m concerned about,” Keefe said of USA’s pivotal match against Germany. “Teams that have played in Manaus have lost their next game. Outright lost. Not only did the US play out there and you’re afraid that they might lose, but Portugal played out there too. If they get waxed by Ghana and you lose to Germany, then you’re going home.”
The “hangover” effect and fatigue factor so to speak from having played in the Amazon rainforest will be something to keep an eye on for the US Men’s National Team in their final group play match.
Also, there’s a get-out-of-work excuse letter floating around the internet from none other than USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 25, 2014
Think your boss will accept it?
There’s also an interesting story about the Ghana team being owned money from their government.
Listen below for the full World Cup Minute:
Adam Jones and Rich Keefe also welcomed Blake Thomsen of AmericanSoccerNow.com to the show Wednesday night.
Thomsen called the USMNT team “excellent” through their first two games, especially against Portugal.
“You saw the US dictate a game against a team ranked fourth in the world,” Thomsen said of Portugal. “So far so good.”
Thomsen thinks the US will be reeling a bit after taking the draw against Portugal in the brutal Manaus conditions, but expects them to bounce back and give Germany all they can handle. He provided an excellent preview of what to expect on the pitch for USA-Germany in Recife.
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