News

Klinsmann to U.S. soccer fans: Take the day off

Klinsmann to U.S. soccer fans: Take the day off

WORLD CUP:"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. Photo: Reuters

By Simon Evans

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – United States head coach Juergen Klinsmann has produced a cheeky hand-written letter for American fans who want to skip work on Thursday in order to watch his team’s World Cup game against Germany.

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.

BREAKING: FIFA bans Suarez

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. Soccer.

“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.

PHOTOS: U.S. tops Ghana in opening World Cup game | U.S., Portugal ends in draw | Americans love soccer 

“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. National team”.

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.

EXTRA: Everyone is tweeting about the World Cup | World Cup TV ratings are through the roof

Viewing parties at bars and public areas have taken off as a popular of watching games.

Get pumped, America!

(Reporting By Simon Evans, Editing by Nigel Hunt)

Recent Headlines

in National, Sports

Boston to blame for Olympic bid flop, says IOC’s Bach

Fresh
boston

Boston was picked by the U.S. Olympic Committee to be the country's candidate for the 2024 Games but rescinded its bid in a spectacular U-turn on Monday after the city's mayor said taxpayers could not afford to host the event.

in Sports

Platini to run for FIFA presidency

Fresh
platini

UEFA head Michel Platini announced on Wednesday his intention to stand for presidency of FIFA in place of Sepp Blatter.

in Sports

ANALYSIS: Women’s impact on men’s professional sports

23-overlay19

The Arizona Cardinals say new coach Jen Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL.

in National, Sports, World

U.S. dentist accused of killing beloved Cecil the Lion

Updated
25-overlay17

Wildlife officials accused an American hunter of killing one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death.

in Sports

Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Updated
pujols

Here's a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Wednesday, July 29.