The United States will qualify for the second round of the
tournament if they draw or win against Germany in Recife in a
game which starts at mid-day Eastern Time.
In the style of a 'doctor's note', Klinsmann addresses employers
and asks them to forgive their staff for their absence.
The letter was distributed on social networks by the U.S.
"I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of
your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important
cause," wrote Klinsmann.
"The #USMNT (U.S. Men's National Team) has a critical World Cup
game vs Germany and we will need the full support of the nation
if we are to advance to the next round.
"By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day
off as well. Go USA! Signed Jurgen Klinsmann, Head Coach, U.S.
Interest in Klinsmann's team and the World Cup in general has
reached new heights in the States with record television
audiences and widespread media coverage.
Viewing parties at bars and public areas have taken off as a
popular of watching games.
(Reporting By Simon Evans, Editing by Nigel Hunt)
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