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Soccer in America continues to grow says USA boss Klinsmann

Juergen Klinsmann says the game in the United States of America is continuing to grow at a healthy rate.

The US national team boss is buoyed by the rise in media numbers at recent World Cup qualifiers and believes that, along with media growth and the heightened interest in Major League Soccer, has the state of the sport in a very positive position in America.

"The game is not the same anymore like it was, maybe four years ago, when it was a year prior to the (2010) World Cup in South Africa - I mean now you have different circumstances," he said.

"Michael (Kammarman), our press officer, pointed it out: We had now 45 American journalists coming with us to Mexico City [for the March 26 qualifier against Mexico]. I think that's never been there before.

"I think the interest on a media level is growing month by month … MLS - it's growing, the attendances are growing, TV contracts are getting bigger. All those things. The interest on the youth level is getting bigger. So we need to adjust to that and we hopefully can educate a lot of people on our path towards Brazil (for 2014) so they understand what we are going through, and therefore it's good talking about it, like we do now."

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Andrew Slevison
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