Beasley: Anything can happen

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Despite going down 1-0 to Group winners Germany, USA’s opening victory over Ghana and their 2-2 draw against Portugal was enough to see them through as runners up in Group G on goal difference.

And Beasley was thrilled that his side were able to qualify from such a tough group, and hopes they can raise their game even further in the knockout stages of the tournament.

“Now that we’re in to the knockout rounds it’s one and done,” the midfielder told FIFA.com after the match against Germany.

“We want to take it to the next level now.”

Beasley feels that the game in America has grown in leaps and bounds over recent years.

“US soccer has grown in big ways,” said the 32-year-old.

“We have depth now that we didn’t have before. We like to keep the ball.

“We have players in Europe and playing in big clubs.”

Beasley, who has over 100 caps for the Stars and Stripes, was also impressed with the number of fans supporting his side, and feels that his side are finally bringing American soccer on the map.

“People are going crazy back home,” he said.

“And look at these traveling fans. We’re outnumbering everyone.

“People noticed us in 2002, but this is something different now.”

Yet in order to really stamp their authority, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men will want to better their Round of 16 exit from four years ago, and Beasley feels his team should not be under-estimated going forward in the competition.

"You’re getting a lot of weird results in this Cup,” he said.

“Anything can happen.”

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