The US national team got a special send-off at the White House as President Barack Obama met them to wish the team luck for the upcoming World Cup. Vice-president Joe Biden and former president Bill Clinton were also there, though the latter seemed to be more impressed with their dress shoes.

Obama greeted coach Bob Bradley and told the squad that even though they are not often so appreciated in the US, they were all “really proud” of what they have achieved already. He also promised to keep an eye on their games over the summer, while Biden will attend the official opening ceremony in South Africa.

It’s true that soccer fever has not quite gripped the US as much as other countries, but in truth I don’t ever see it reaching such levels. The Americans have few star players and have never reached that far in a World Cup tournament, but in recent competitions have been playing very well and have sprung a number of surprises. They may lack the glamor of the US teams that dominate other sports, but as the Presidents says, they are definitely a team the nation should feel proud of.

The US start with their toughest group game against England, and if they can get even a draw, you feel they’ll have a good chance of progressing to the second round. Easier said that than, however, and we’ll see just how well prepared they are when June 12th rolls along.

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