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Michael Lewis

June 16, 2014
U.S. World Cup wins are few and far bewteen for this writer

NATAL, Brazil - Psst!

I'll let you in on a little secret, although no one, no one at all, is supposed to tell U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann about it or he will ban me from attending his team's games at the World Cup.

I have seen the United States win a World Cup game live but once - the USA squeaked past Algeria at South Africa 2010. I've seen the Americans record a victory on television, but I have an 1-9-3 lifetime record in 13 games watching the red, white and blue.

For the record, that breaks down to 0-3 in 1990, 0-3 in 1998, 0-2-1 in 2006 and 1-1-2 in 2010.

I was not at the Rose Bowl when the U.S. surprised Colombia, 2-1, at USA '94 and was covering games in Japan when the Americans won two games in Korea in 2002.

The only points I have "earned" was the 1-1 draw with Italy in Kaiserslautern in 2006, and in 2010, the 1-1 tie with England, the 2-2 draw with Slovenia and the victory over Algeria.

This is how it breaks down:


* 5-1 loss to Czechoslovakia

* 1-0 defeat to Italy

* 2-1 setback to Austria


* 2-0 loss to Germany

* 2-1 defeat to Iran

* 1-0 setback to Yugoslavia


* 3-0 loss to Czech Republic

* 1-1 tie with Italy

* 2-1 defeat to Ghana


* 1-1 draw with England

* 2-2 deadlock with Slovenia

* 1-0 win over Algeria

* 2-1 defeat to Ghana

If the Americans manage to overcome Ghana, Portugal and Germany, I do not know how I will celebrate.

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