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Knocking Down the Door: The U.S. National Team and America's World Cup Dreams

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Coming off the most successful year in team history, the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team will enter the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this June with lofty goals amid high expectations. Led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. has gone through a remarkable transition, putting it in position to compete with the best in the biggest sporting event in the world. A former World Cup winner with Germany as player, Klinsmann uses cutting-edge technology to create innovative training methods and meshes ideas from visionaries across all industries for a holistic approach to developing “24/7” athletes. In a frank, open exchange with ESPN Grantland's Men In Blazers host Roger Bennett, the coach will reveal his strategic approach to the sport, the World Cup, and growing the game in America. This session is a part of the brand new SXsports programming at SXSW 2014.

Presenters

Jürgen Klinsmann

Head Coach US Men's Natl Team

US Soccer Federation

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Roger Bennett

Sr Football Reporter/Co Host

ESPN.com/Men in Blazers

Roger Bennett is lead soccer columnist and broadcaster for ESPN. He is co-host of Grantland and SiriusXM’s Men In Blazers which has quickly become one of the most listened to football platforms in the world. Bennett is a regular contributor to MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “ESPNFC” on ESPN2 and “Premier League Download” on NBC Sports. Bennett is also producing a series of films around the World Cup including a 30 for 30 documentary, "Barbosa: The Man Who Made All of Brazil Cry."

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