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VIDEO – Jurgen Klinsmann: “USA’s aim is to reach World Cup semifinal in 2018″

Sep 3, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

Jurgen Klinsmann is setting the bar high for the next World Cup.

Not content on reaching the knockout stages in 2014, the U.S. national team’s head coach is aiming to go where no U.S. squad has gone before when Russia 2018 comes around: the semifinals.

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Speaking exclusively to NBC Sports’ Arlo White in Prague as the USA faced the Czech Republic in a friendly (their first game since the World Cup this summer) on Wednesday, Klinsmann revealed that the U.S. plan to make large strides forward in the next four years.

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It is very rare for the German coach to make statements such as this, especially four years out, but he aims to push the U.S. further than they’ve ever been in the modern era of the World Cup. Of course they have to qualify first, but the final four is the aim.

Watch the video above to see Klinsmann’s comments in full.

  1. mazblast - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    As much as I like Klinsmann’s approach, I’d prefer him to say, “Our goal is to win the whole g d thing.”

  2. goal141 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    They did make the semis in 1930. But I realize you mean for a modern World Cup. Just trolling.

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