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Landon Donovan’s Advice To US Men’s National Team On Upcoming Match Against Portugal “Get After Them Early”

"If I were in that locker room with the US Team I would be saying 'Let's get after them early and try to score a goal.' I think if you score a goal they could absolutely fall apart."

The US Men’s National Team is part of what Kevin refers to as “the group of death” at this year’s World Cup, which consists of the US, Ghana, Germany and Portugal. In the first round of games, perennial powerhouse Portugal was blown out by the Germans 4-0.

During an interview with LA Galaxy and former US Men’s National Team star Landon Donovan yesterday, Kevin asked him about whether or not Portugal would come out stronger because they’re angry or defeated after such a bad loss.

“I think it’s a coin flip. I think they’ll start the game upbeat and excited and energetic. If I were in that locker room with the US Team I would be saying ‘Let’s get after them early and try to score a goal.’ I think if you score a goal they could absolutely fall apart. That would be my mentality.”

“You have to remember that a lot of these guys that play for Portugal and Spain… they’re used to winning all the time. When they lose, they lose 1-0 or 2-1. They don’t get demolished like they did against Germany so when you see them go down a couple of goals, you see the frustration come out. You see the red cards. They fall apart because they’re not used to it. Some teams are used to getting beat two or three to zero and they know how to handle it.

“Christiano Ronaldo hasn’t been a part of a team that’s lost 4-0 in probably a long time. You can see that they’re not accustomed to it and I think if the US team jumps on them early there’s a real good chance to win the game.”

Check out the full interview with Landon Donovan here.

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