Menendez Wishes Luck to U.S. World Cup Team

Menendez Wishes Luck to U.S. World Cup Team

WASHINGTON, DC - In remarks submitted for the Senate record, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) recognized the U.S. World Cup men's soccer team and wished them good luck:

"I rise today as the United States men's soccer team begins their quest for World Cup glory in Brazil. The 23 players selected by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann; including native New Jerseyans Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, and Alejandro Bedoya; have dedicated themselves to being the best at their craft, and they now have an opportunity to represent the United States of America at the world's premier soccer event.

"The World Cup is an extraordinary tournament whose reach extends well beyond the pitch. It has the incredible ability to unify peoples in celebration and even halt civil conflict, as was seen temporarily in Côte d'Ivoire in 2006. I sincerely hope that moving into the future, the institution of the World Cup can be a symbol of increased international cooperation.

"While many consider the U.S. a relatively recent addition to the global soccer community compared to our friends in Europe and South America, we actually finished third at the first ever World Cup held in Uruguay in 1930. I hope that this U.S. team will build upon our rich soccer history and represent our great nation well in our seventh consecutive World Cup appearance.As our supporters say, 'onward U.S.A.!'"

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