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RSL captain Beckerman welcomes USA's likely underdog tag

Real Salt Lake skipper Kyle Beckerman feels the USA national team will revel in their likely underdog tag at the 2014 World Cup.

The US team, ranked 14th on FIFA rankings, will take on Germany (ranked second in the world), Portugal (fifth) and Ghana (24th) in a very tough Group G but Beckerman suggests that the fact they will not be rated may enhance their chances.

"I guess you would say we're underdogs for sure in that group and that's not a bad place to be," Beckerman said.

"When no one really believes you can get out of this group, you can just have this us-against-the-world mentality."

The US kick off their World Cup campaign with a clash against Ghana - who they lost to at both the 2006 and 2010 tournaments - in Natal on June 16 before taking on Portugal in Manaus on June 22 followed by a showdown with manager Juergen Klinsmann's native Germany in Recife four days later.

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Andrew Slevison
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