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Collymore's World Cup Corner: USA Can Reach Quarter-Finals at World Cup

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Stan CollymoreFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

1. USA can go one further

RECIFE, Brazil — Having watched them take on Germany today, I think the USA can get to the quarter-finals of this World Cup.

They have the confidence and belief; that's clear in the way they play. You also need a bit of luck at a World Cup, which they've had so far as well.

With Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman, they also have a very hard-working midfield—players who can make things happen for them on the counterattack.

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 26:  Jermaine Jones of the United States controls the ball against Mats Hummels of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Braz
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These are the players who will put U.S. soccer on the map moving forward. It's not about expensive overseas players coming into MLS and earning a fortune. It's not about David Beckham buying a team in Miami, either.

It's about the national team doing the business.

 

2. Suarez has a compulsion

The four-month ban for Luis Suarez's issued by FIFA could have been worse. My suspicion is that the Uruguayan FA have handed over a lot of information, which has softened the FIFA stance.

Looking back at Premier League footage of Suarez, you can see moments of intense frustration when he misses a chance, or makes a mistake. The three biting incidents (Ajax 2010, Liverpool 2013 and now Uruguay) are an extension of that I suppose—three times where he lost his cool, but in those cases went straight to a violent reaction.

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: Kyle Beckerman of the United States and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany go for a header during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, B
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I don't expect Suarez to come out and talk about this. I wish he would, because it would help people to understand his behaviour. It might even help others will similar tendencies. 

 

3. Ties to watch in the last 16

I'm going to Colombia vs. Uruguay on Saturday in Rio, and it's a game full of narratives and a real clash of styles.

Colombia have been a wonderful attacking force, with James Rodriguez excellent for them in the No. 10 role, scoring three goals and adding two assists in the first three matches.

Uruguay will likely bring in the vast experience of Diego Forlan to take the place of Suarez. They also have Edinson Cavani, but it's about the defensive work behind those guys.

There'll be 20-30,000 fans for each side. We've got the Suarez controversy looming over the game.

 

Stan Collymore is a former Liverpool, Aston Villa and England striker who has forged a hugely successful second career as a radio and TV broadcaster.

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