Jurgen Klinsmann is preparing his team for what will be one of the biggest games in US soccer history when they face Belgium tomorrow.
That may go someway to explaining his latest claims that FIFA is somehow conspiring against him and his team so far in Brazil.
During Monday's press conference, the German head coach came out in criticism of the governing bodies choice of official for the crunch round of 16 game in Salvador:
"Is it a good feeling? No. He is able to speak French on field to their players," said Klinsmann.
The former Tottenham striker also cited the fact that the USA had eliminated Algeria from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa (courtesy of a last minute goal from Landon Donovan in the group stages) as reason to be wary of the Algerian ref come kick-off.
The man in the middle
Djamel Haimoudi is the man who will take charge of the game Tuesday.
It is his and his team's third game officiating in Brazil thus far, having overseen England's 0-0 tie with Costa Rica and the far more entertaining Netherlands - Australia group game that ended in the former's favor 3-2.
And for Klinsmann to question the integrity of the Algerian official is questionable at best, if not doubt right unprofessional.
Of course Klinsmann is attempting to divert attention away from his team ahead of the huge game, and at the same time apply some pressure himself in the hope of some favorable refereeing calls, but the USMNT coach is making something of a habit of calling out decisions made by FIFA so far this World Cup.
Earlier in the tournament, with the US were set to face Germany in the final game of a tough Group G, the coach found fault with FIFA's scheduling.
Klinsmann claimed that because Germany were the "big team" they had been given the favorable draw regarding game location. His US side on-the-other-hand had been forced to travel extreme distances to extreme conditions in order to naviagate their way past Ghana and Portugal.
Unfortunately that argument fell apart when it became apparent that FIFA's group scheduling was concocted before the spots in each group had been filled.
And, hopefully for the integrity of the game, this is simply another attempt at mind games by the wily German as he looks to help the US progress to the quarter finals for the first time since 2002.
USA - Belgium
If the round of 16 games prior to US-Belgium are anything to go by then Tuesday's fixture is set to be a classic. And the USA have been handed a boost as they prepare to take on the fancied Europeans, with the news that Jozy Altidore is ready to return to action having sat out the previous two games.
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