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Klinsmann thrilled to give US national team early taste of Brazil ahead of World Cup

  • Head coach of United States soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, talks during a press conference after a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program to prepare for the World Cup tournament that starts in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    Head coach of United States soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, talks during a press conference after a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program to prepare for the World Cup tournament that starts in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)  (The Associated Press)

  • Head coach of the United States soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, from Germany, leads his team's training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program to prepare for the World Cup tournament that starts in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    Head coach of the United States soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, from Germany, leads his team's training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program to prepare for the World Cup tournament that starts in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)  (The Associated Press)

  • Head coach of United States soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, gives directions during a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program to prepare for the World Cup tournament that starts in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    Head coach of United States soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, gives directions during a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program to prepare for the World Cup tournament that starts in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)  (The Associated Press)

Jurgen Klinsmann is giving American players an early chance to get to know Brazil ahead of the World Cup.

The U.S. began a 12-day training camp Tuesday in Sao Paulo, where the Americans will be based during the tournament in June. The Americans, with a roster of 26 players mostly from Major League Soccer, are the first of the 32 World Cup nations to arrive in Brazil this year in an effort to get acquainted to the host country.

The U.S. coach calls it a "wonderful opportunity" to "get a feeling for the country" before the team returns in June.

The Americans will stay in Brazil until Jan. 25 before returning home for an exhibition against South Korea on Feb. 1 at Carson, Calif.