Jurgen Klinsmann puts signature to excuse letter allowing USA fans day off

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Today marks another huge day in US soccer history as they bid to qualify for the knockout phases of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Unfortunately for the growing legions of soccer fans in North America the crucial game against Germany takes place during prime working hours.

Sick Note

But do not fear.

With millions having watched USA's previous two games against Ghana, and Portugal and an developing passion for the sport in North America, USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has offered a helping hand for those desperate to watch the game.

The former German international has put his signature to the above excuse letter which US Soccer's official social media channels are encouraging Americans to hand to their bosses in order to ensure a free pass to watch the game.

The note, which includes the head coach's signature at the bottom of the page, urges bosses across the nation to embrace the World Cup fever at the cost of a few hours of work:

"I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause.

"We will need the full support of the nation if we are to advance to the next round...By the way you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA!," Klinsmann signs off.

Crucial Game

USA take on Germany with both teams knowing that a tie will secure their progression to the next stage in Brazil.

The US do have a chance of winning the group outright however should they manage a victory over Joachim Löw's side, and Klinsmann has rubbished talk that a gentleman's agreement between the two nations is in place.

So for those lucky enough to have time off work, whether by use of the coaches letter or otherwise, they should be set for a nerve-racking but entertaining 90 minutes of action.

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World Cup Fever

The US has often drawn criticism from onlookers for holding a fairly flaky interest in the world's most popular sport.

That accusation cannot be levelled at fans of the stars and stripes during this tournament however, with social media awash with references to the USMNT during their previous outings and footage of thousands of fans congregating across the country to watch games live.

Klinsmann's efforts to ensure a few more can sneak away from their desks for a couple of hours to join in the drama only serves to show that the country as a whole is well and truly caught up in World Cup fever.

They will just be hoping their participation isn't brought to an end today.


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