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Donavan: US has never had a group with so much experience heading into a World Cup

  • United States' Landon Donovan high fives young players who will attend a program coined "Sports for All', organized by the US consulate to give public school kids soccer and English lessons, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The US national soccer team is training in Sao Paulo to prepare for the World Cup tournament, which gets underway in June.  (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    United States' Landon Donovan high fives young players who will attend a program coined "Sports for All', organized by the US consulate to give public school kids soccer and English lessons, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The US national soccer team is training in Sao Paulo to prepare for the World Cup tournament, which gets underway in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States' Landon Donovan, left, and teammate Chris Wondolowski train in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program in Sao Paulo preparing for the World Cup tournament, which gets underway in June.  (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    United States' Landon Donovan, left, and teammate Chris Wondolowski train in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program in Sao Paulo preparing for the World Cup tournament, which gets underway in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States' Landon Donovan kicks the ball during a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program in Sao Paulo preparing for the World Cup tournament, which gets underway on June 12.  (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    United States' Landon Donovan kicks the ball during a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The US national soccer team is on a training program in Sao Paulo preparing for the World Cup tournament, which gets underway on June 12. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)  (The Associated Press)

Landon Donovan says the United States has never played a World Cup with such an experienced group of players as it will have in Brazil, giving the Americans a "real chance" to do well next June.

As the U.S. finalizes a week-and-a-half training camp in Brazil, Donovan said American players have enough confidence and experience to confront more traditional World Cup teams heading into a first round that includes matches against Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

The midfielder said Thursday players are convinced it's possible to "get results against them, and that's a nice feeling going into a World Cup."

The 31-year-old said "we feel good about where we are at."