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World Cup Fans Have 'Get-Out-of-Work' Note from Team USA Coach

Team USA World Cup soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann has written a "Get Out of Work" note for American fans to use for Thursday's game.

Team USA World Cup soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann has written a "Get Out of Work" note for American fans. Credit: US Soccer Twitter account
Team USA World Cup soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann has written a "Get Out of Work" note for American fans. Credit: US Soccer Twitter account
Written by Deb Belt 

American soccer fans newly gripped by  2014 FIFA World Cup mania are pondering how long a lunch break they can take today to catch Team USA in its do-or-die match against Germany.


The game begins at noon ET and is carried on ESPN.


No worries. U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has posted a "Get Out of Work" excuse you can take to the boss. It's on the U.S. Soccer Twitter feed if you need to download it and present it to your supervisor. Klinsmann has already signed it, so you're good to go.


The soccer organization tweeted: "Need note to get out of work Thurs? @J_Klinsmann has you covered. Show your cool boss. It will def work! #LetsDoThis"


The U.S. must tie or defeat powerhouse Germany, earlier the top seed in the World cup, in order to move on to the next round. See a preview here of this Group G showdown.


According to Reuters News Service the full note reads:

"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. National team".

JYD June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM
We made the decison to let employees watch it at work on their computers (muted). Good morale builder.
Craig R June 26, 2014 at 01:06 PM
What a waste of time. 2 hours of boring men running around. I'm letting my employees take a late lunch at 1:30pm to watch the very end and see the highlights...
Daniel Young June 26, 2014 at 02:15 PM
"The U.S. must tie or defeat powerhouse Germany, earlier the top seed in the World cup, in order to move on to the next round" Patch, are you REALLY SURE about this????????????????? ps: Craig speak for yourself. What's your favorite sport, duck shooting?
Daniel Young June 26, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Right-wing bigot thinks that soccer in Un-American. What is with these people ? ........................ Soccer is destroying the USA. So says conservative syndicated columnist Ann Coulter. Coulter went on a rant about the sport, calling it un-American in a column Wednesday headlined, "America's Favorite National Pastime: Hating Soccer." Readers called the column "contemptible," "uneducated" and "moronic" in comments posted on The Clarion Ledger's website. The Ledger is owned by Gannett, which also owns USA TODAY. Coulter's column is distributed by Universal Press. "Hahaha this is the biggest lot of nonsense I have ever read," one commenter wrote. USATODAY USA Today World Cup Coulter argues the reason people are watching soccer now is because of Sen. Edward Kennedy's 1965 immigration law. "I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer," she wrote. "One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time." She also says soccer is not a "real sport." A real sport, she argues, requires individual achievement and "the prospect of either personal humiliation or major injury."

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