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Team USA embarks for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil riding high on confidence. There's a lot to cheer for, let's kick it, I'll tell you why.

    I BELIEVE!

*Repeats* (I BELIEVE!)

   I BELIEVE THAT!

*Repeats* (I BELIEVE THAT!)

   I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL!

*Repeats* (I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL!)

I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

(See here: www.youtube.com/watch at :24 second mark)

That's the official chant of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team.

You wanna talk about something getting stuck in your head?

I heard that chant in my sleep after the game. 

I along with 52,032 other people chanted it for 90-plus minutes in Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend as team USA beat Nigeria 2-1. 

Justin Barney, a sports writer for the Florida Times Union, says 3 hours before kickoff the atmosphere felt like a Florida-Georgia football game. 

I concur. Roll Tide. War Eagle. 

The patriotism was palpable in Florida's First Coast. 

Before I continue, I gotta admit I'm not even a big soccer fan.

I don't follow UEFA or the MLS consistently. 

But when it comes to the World Cup...I'm locked in. 

It's the Olympics for the world's most popular sport.

It only happens every 4 years. 

It's the world's best, playing the world's most popular sport, on the world's biggest stage. 

Saturday's 2-1 victory over Nigeria marked the final tune-up before the team leaves for the site of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil. 

The U.S. finished undefeated in it's "Send-off series" for the first time since it started in 2002.

The red, white and blue beat Azerbaijan and Turkey before Nigeria. 

Goalkeeper Tim Howard made his 100th international appearance against Nigeria, becoming just the 15th American male to reach the century mark. 

The 52,033 fans set a soccer attendance record in the Southeast.

The previous record of 44,438 was set back in 2012 when the U.S. beat Scotland in a friendly, 5-1.

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Side Story: 15 minutes before kick it didn't look like 50K were in the house. 

My buddy, who happens to be an Alabama fan, turned to me at kickoff and said, "Think we got 50,000?"

I said, "Roll Tide." 

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U.S. Forward Jozy Altidore ended a 6-month scoreless drought. 

That's HUGE.

Why? Because U.S. Forwards haven't scored a goal in the World Cup since 2002. 

If you're reading this and the only thing you know about U.S. Soccer is that Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann cut Landon Donovan, the most decorated soccer player in our country's history, I got your back. 

As the U.S. departs for Brazil Sunday night, the strongest part of their showing the last two games has been their offense.  

Attacking, aggressive, precise, and quick. 

AKA Landon who? (ON THE FIELD) 

I strongly disagree with Klinsmann for cutting Donovan. 

You can't convince me that a player who is the career leader for the national team with 57 goals, 58 assists and 156 international appearances couldn't make a difference. 

A difference on the field? Who cares?

Statistically, at 32, Donovan was declining. Fact. Fine. 

But even if you don't play him, a guy like Donovan is invaluabe for his experiences.

For his vision. For his ability to mentor younger players. 

Younger players like Julian Green, John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin.

Those three guys didn't even take part in World Cup qualifying. 

Green, at 19, will be the 3rd youngest player at the World Cup. 

You think a pep talk in the locker room or on the bench from Donvovan to Green doesn't carry value? 

Stop it. 

After the 2-1 Friendly win, I asked a few Nigerian fans if they thought we had a chance agaisnt Ghana?

He said "No, no my friend. Sorry."

Team USA drew the "Group of Death"

Sounds promising right?

It's about as promising as LeBron James playing in San Antonio with no A/C. 

We open play June 16th against Ghana, the team that has bounced the U.S. from the World Cup the last 2 tournaments. 

June 22nd we play fourth ranked Portugal who may or may not have Cristiano Ronaldo, currently battling a leg injury. 

Finally, on Thursday, June 26th we play 2nd ranked Germany. 

But "Group of Death" be damned.

Know why? Because....

I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

 

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