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President Obama sends message to USMNT

Barack Obama, President of the United States. (©GettyImages)
Barack Obama, President of the United States. (©GettyImages).

Before the USA kicked off their World Cup campaign on Monday, the President decided to send out a message of support to the team, telling them to "show the world what we're made of." 

In the message which was posted as a vine on the White House Facebook page, the President addresses the team by saying: "Go Team USA! Show the world what we're made of."

The rally cry seemed to work as Jurgen Klinsmann's side got off to the perfect start in their group by beating Ghana 2-1 in a game capped by many as a must win if they were to have any chance of making it out of the 'Group of Death'. 

Captain Clint Dempsey got the USA off to a perfect start by scoring the quickest goal of the tournament so far and the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history. With a little bit of trickery, the Seattle Sounders midfielder shimmied his way past a couple of defenders before finding the far corner with his left foot. 

Ghana got back into the game late on after Andre Ayew smashed the ball past Tim Howard after countless waves of pressure but a corner just four minutes from time decided the game. Substitute and all 6ft 4in of John Brooks was able to latch onto the out swinging cross which bounced past the keeper and ultimately won the USA all three points. 

This victory has put the USA second in the group after Germany thrashed Portugal 4-0 earlier in the evening courtsey of a hat-trick from Thomas Muller and a header from Mats Hummels. 

Once the draw was announced, it was predicted that the Germans and Ronaldo's side would be two who would progress but after these results, the USA have a strong chance of reaching the knock out stages.

Their next game will be against Portugal who will be without Real Madrid centre back, Pepe after he was sent off for head butting Muller in the first half. 

However, Klinsmann will be without Jozy Altidore after he was forced to go off in the first half against Ghana after picking up a hamstring injury. AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson will be looking to get the green light to start in their next match this Saturday after he came on for the injured Sunderland striker. 

Although it was a perfect start for the underdogs of the group, the USA were out-shined by the Black Stars for 80 minutes of the game after they had 21 shots and 60% of the possession. Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to step up on to the main stage in the next game after being shown up by the Bayern Munich forward and taunted by Lionel Messi who got his campaign underway with a goal in Argentina's 2-0 win over Nigeria. 

Perhaps Obama will have to send the team a prayer rather than a seven second cheer. 

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World Cup
MLS
Football
Jurgen Klinsmann
Clint Dempsey

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