The U.S. Men’s National Team may be a heavy underdog in the “Group of Death” with Germany, Ghana and Portugal, but the members of the squad are still heading to Brazil with excitement and a positive mindset.
“We’re just going to go there and do our best, no matter what happens,” said midfielder Michael Bradley. “Personally, I’d love to get Cristiano Ronaldo’s autograph. I hope he’s okay if I ask him before our match. Because it would be kind of awkward to ask during the match.”
Ronaldo, the star forward for Portugal and Real Madrid who is widely regarded as the best or second-best player in the world, will receive a lot of attention from the USMNT, which is slated to play him on June 22nd.
“Ohmigod. I have his poster on my bedroom wall,” said midfielder Julian Green. “It’s going to be awesome to be on the same field as him. I can’t wait to see him score one of his amazing goals up close.”
American defender DeAndre Yedlin says he will be too shy to ask for Ronaldo’s autograph.
“Oh, no way,” he said. “I get nervous around famous people. I’ll gladly just take a framed photo of him making me trip while he dribbles past me.”
The Portuguese star does not seem to be as starstruck about playing the Americans. Ronaldo was asked today by a reporter for his opinion on how the U.S. team will be impacted by not including star forward Landon Donovan on its World Cup roster.
“Lando … Doffelman did you say?” said Ronaldo. “I’m sorry, no disrespect intended, but I have never heard of that person.”
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