June 30, 2014
FRESNO, Calif.--- With the 2014 FIFA World Cup buzz in full force and the United States less than 24 hours away from playing its Round of 16 match against Belgium, Fresno State head women's soccer coach Brian Zwaschka took time to chat about the World Cup fever.
"I think they have done a terrific job just staying organized and doing what they need to do to advance out of the group," said Zwaschka on USA's performance thus far in the tournament. "Having a coach like Jürgen Klinsmann that has so much experience both as a player and a coach is huge."
Under the leadership of head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, Team USA defeated Ghana 2-1 in its opening match of the World Cup and then went on to tie Portugal 2-2 before falling to Germany 0-1 in its final game of group play. Team USA advanced out of the group stage in consecutive World Cups for the first time.
"They have just done the job, the group of death is named that way for a reason, anyone is capable of getting through- and they did the job to advance," added Zwaschka. "The organization first most, but the spirit in the team has been great, hopefully that continues to show itself."
After escaping the group of death, the US is set to play Belgium Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT. The winner advances to face either Argentina or Switzerland in the Quarterfinals on July 5.
"I believe that they can win, I believe," added Zwashcka about team USA taking on Belgium. "They have the chance to win these games."
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