The world’s most famous soccer team is trying to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time in over 30 years, with the arrival of a new coach and squad for the tournament in South Korea, a move that could help them to a first-ever finals appearance.
The Confederations Cup, which starts in South America on June 11 and runs until June 14, is the biggest sporting event in the world and has produced the most medals and world championships in history.
The Confederations tournament is a huge prize for any side but the hosts, the United States, have been under constant scrutiny over their record of underachievement in recent years.
They were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in a 1-1 draw in South Africa and they have been knocked out in six successive World Cup finals.
A number of the teams vying for the 2018 Confederations title are hoping to become the first team to reach the finals in two different sports in the same tournament.
“The United States have done it twice in the past 20 years, so we have no reason not to do it again,” said Brazilian coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
“We have to win this World Cup and win it well.
We can’t be a little bit lazy or take our foot off the gas.”
The United State have a history of winning major tournaments and they are expected to do so again this time.
The Americans have been the defending champions in each of the last two editions of the Confederations tournaments and have not lost in the tournament since 1998.
They have won the tournament twice, the first in 1994 and the second in 2000.
However, they have only made it to the semi-finals once in their history, finishing eighth in 2006 and seventh in 2013.
Klinsmann has not won a World Series with the US and their hopes of making it to two finals have been dashed.
The team has made the quarter-finals only twice in their 62-year history, and they will be hoping to get past Brazil and Germany in their bid to become only the second team to win two World Cups.
“It will be a new era for us and for the country,” Klinsman said.
“They [the US] have the best coach in the World Cup era, they are in the position to be able to compete for the title.”
The US have not been able to qualify for the final two World Cup tournaments in Russia and Qatar, having been knocked down by Spain and Sweden in the first two tournaments.
They have qualified for the last four tournaments, but their qualification was not recognised by FIFA.