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Jermaine Jones wants to be Spurs to Ronaldo, Portugal’s Heat

Jun 20, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

Jermaine Jones AP

The United States men’s national team is not buying the buzz around Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential absence for Sunday’s Group G match-up.

In fact, the Yanks are preparing for one of the world’s best players being at his best, and at least one US player is using an American sports team accomplishment as inspiration.

Jermaine Jones says the United States can be the San Antonio Spurs to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal’s Miami Heat, referencing the Texas team’s triumph over LeBron James and company in last week’s NBA Finals.

From MLSSoccer.com:

“The NBA finals showed how it works,” Jones said. “The [San Antonio] Spurs were the better team and that is why they won the championship.”

Portugal keeper Beto says Ronaldo is 100 percent, and the U.S. players seem to be planning accordingly. Kyle Beckerman and Fabian Johnson are openly marveling at what CR7 can do, while Jones is saying the team needs to be wary of giving too much attention to the player.

Then there’s Jurgen Klinsmann, who is wary of a fired-up Ronaldo:

“[Portugal] is an even more dangerous team than before,” Klinsmann told reporters in his postgame press conference on Monday night. “When you get that 4-0 result from Germany, now you’re going to come into Manaus pretty angry. And I don’t know how Cristiano Ronaldo behaves when he’s angry.”

We’re assuming like Hulk… the green one (because the Brazilian one is hurt).

As for the NBA talk: if Rip Hamilton is bringing Clint Dempsey his masks, maybe the Spurs can bring the US that ultimate team swagger.

So Bradley is Duncan, Dempsey’s Parker and Zusi would be Ginobili?

  1. dohpey28 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Considering Tim Duncan is a top 10 all time player, the correlation doesn’t quite work.

    • nottinghamforest12 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      A bit of a stretch but the point still stands.

  2. nottinghamforest12 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    While I have little doubt a confident USA can overcome a shaken Portugal the Team, the issue with this comparison is the Spurs weren’t just some upstart group of yokels. They are a team of world class talents in their given field.

    • mlsconvert88888 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Portugal. The Team.

      I chuckled

  3. frankiefablo - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    The point is teamwork over individual stars. Hey the guy’s German, let’s give him a break!

  4. lyleoross - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    The NBA is definitely a demonstration of team work, the more that American players have moved to a “me first” attitude, the more that non-American players who understand team work have impacted the sport. Soccer is even more about team work than the NBA. Very few, if any, players can run the field to score on their own. You have to think and play like a team to win, and when you don’t, it shows quickly. When the US plays team play, they look very good. Against Ghana, where our team play dropped to just about zero, bad passes, playing into traffic, poor positional play etc., we looked awful. Lets hope the roles are reversed on Sunday.

  5. southbeachtalent - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Rip traveling with his masks is quite odd..

    • mazblast - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Photo op, and a clever one. Someone has a good sense of humor.

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        true!

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