As World Cup 2014 approaches, America's soccer-fans-in-training are looking for an excuse to either emotionally invest in a national squad with the odds stacked against it, or in foreign teams full of pretty-boy savants and shameless floppers. Soccer fandom is complicated, but this year's tournament is making it easier to enjoy the competition. There are grudge matches right out of the gate, must-win games for would-be worldbeaters, and home town crowds looking for an excuse to riot. Welcome to Brazil.
Team USA Starts With a Grudge Match
USA got a brutal draw, and if our guys can't win their first match, they probably have no chance to advance. Win, and things are looking up. The one problem is that Ghana, the team standing between us and moral or actual victory, has been our hobgoblin is prior tournaments. Tune in on June 16 to see if it's a rivalry or a curse.
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