US manager Jurgen Klinsmann believes a win against Ghana in Natal in the opening group game will define their success at the World Cup.
The Stars and Stripes are paired in Group G with the Black Stars, Portugal and Germany.
The former Germany international has tipped his native country and Portugal as the pre-tournament favourites to advance in the group.
‘It’s pretty much just like a knockout game anyways,’ Klinsmann told ESPN. ‘We know if we can get the three points (against) Ghana we put ourselves in a very good position for the next game against Portugal in Manaus, in the Amazon.’
He added: ‘Therefore it is very, very crucial we have a good start.’
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