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A Nation of Immigrants – A Soccer Team of Immigrants

June 22, 2014
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John Brooks scores winning goal against Ghana.

John Brooks scores winning goal against Ghana.

It is not just educated immigrants who are helping America. The nation’s World Cup soccer squad has seven players with foreign and U.S. citizenship.

The World Cup started on June 12. The United States played Ghana first. American fans were worried about the game. Ghana had beaten America at the last two World Cups. America would not lose three times. This time the American team won 2-1.

John Brooks, who is also a citizen of Germany, scored the winning goal.

The coach of the American World Cup team is Jurgen Klinsmann. He was a star player for the German team before he retired. He has strong German roots. He recruited many German-Americans to play for him.

It is interesting that an American team has so many foreign players. Another German-American who is not on the team believes Germans are more disciplined. Terrance Boyd said Germans also have stronger desires than Americans to improve and succeed.

Still, it is America’s team. An expert said America recruits people and players  because of the global economy.

The United States is trying to advance within one of the hardest groups that has ever played in the World Cup. The win against Ghana has helped that advance.

The American team plays Portugal today, then Germany. Portugal’s star, Cristiano Ronaldo, is injured. However, he is expected to play today. Their left back, Fabio Coentrao, is hurt. Their star centre back, Pepe, received a red card last game and will not play against the States.

Portugal should be an easier opponent as well. There is a good chance the Americans will move on to knock out play.

Sources: Washington Post June 14, 2014 & Washington Post June 12, 2014

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