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U.S.A. would be boosted with at least tie against Ghana

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The United States’ Michael Bradley shoots during a training session at the Sao Paulo FC training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday.

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NATAL, Brazil — The skies may clear by Monday night, when the United States plays Ghana in the World Cup opener.
No matter the weather, the formula for advancing to the second round is evident: get at least a point from the first game.
“It’s pretty much like a knockout game,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told fans at a send-off pep rally last month in New York’s Times Square.
The Americans have never advanced from the group stage after failing to get at least a point in their opener. They reached the knockout phase after winning their first ...


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