When you possess the football resume of United States men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, you have leave to be brash.
Even Klinsmann may have gone too far this time, though.
"This is our goal going towards Russia, not to stop at the Round of 16, maybe not to stop at the quarterfinal. To say clearly, listen, we have four years to prepare this cycle. Our goal is going to a semifinal in a World Cup," Klinsmann told NBC Sports Network's Arlo White, per Nate Scott of USA Today.
That's interesting, because the last World Cup match the Americans played featured Belgium forcing now-on-leave U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard to make dozens, not handfuls, of saves.
Deposing the likes of Germany, Argentina and Brazil from the World Cup is probably still well beyond the Americans' realistic goals. Then again, as George told Jerry on "Seinfeld" with reference to beating a lie detector, "it's not a lie if you believe it."
The march to Russia began with a friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague. Here are five takeaways from the Americans' 1-0 victory over the Czechs.