US midfielder Jermaine Jones (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN)
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A last-gasp equalizer from Portugal stopped the United States from qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup with a game to spare but the way in which Juergen Klinsmann's team performed should give them real hope of progressing.Klinsmann, who now faces the team he won a World Cup with as a player in 1990 and coached to the semifinals in 2006, has spent his three years in charge of the U.S. attempting to push the team to a new level.Two of the German-Americans that Klinsmann has integrated into his team, midfielder Jermaine Jones and overlapping fullback Fabian Johnson, were outstanding against Portugal while Clint Dempsey was tireless and aggressive in attack.Defensive midfielder Kyle Beckerman, ignored by Bradley for the World Cup four years ago, has been the anchor of the midfield and has rewarded the faith Klinsmann has shown in a 32-year-old who has played his entire career in Major League Football.
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