2014 World Cup Draw: Breaking Down USA’s Chances In Group of Death
Breaking Down the USMNT's Chances In Group Of Death
The United States has been put into the toughest group in 2014 World Cup. Each and every opponent is fast, skilled and eager to make their presence felt. None of them will make things easy for the men in red, white and blue, which is why they have to come up with a game plan for each and every nation so that they can advance from Group G.
The US will be led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who is of German descent and has World Cup coaching experience back in 2006 when his beloved nation were eliminated at home against the eventual winners, Italy. He knows how to set up his team defensively, who to use to hold up possession in the midfield and how to attack as a team precisely. These are all important keys when it comes to winning any game, and doubly so games on the toughest international stage possible.
The players will be excited to wear their jerseys to represent their nation once again on the world's biggest stage. The beauty is that this time, they will only have to travel as far as Brazil, which is a bit better for them than the last time around in 2010, when they were eliminated in the Round of 16 against Ghana on South African soil.
Regardless of how tough this group is on paper, it will be even tougher on the field. Every single player will be trying their absolute hardest as slip-ups in this competition are nothing short of critical. One little mistake can cause an entire game or dream to vanish in a blink of an eye. The United States have to keep this in mind in order to play at their very best and make something happen.
Now, we take a look at all of their opponents and the one man who could make all the difference for the USMNT next year in Brazil.
The United States can not seem to catch a break when it comes to World Cup groups. This year, they have been paired with three separate nations with whom they have a personal history with. They have defeated one of them in the past, but lost a pair the other two when it mattered most.
First up, they will be facing the Black Stars, who were ale to defeat them in the Round of 16 of the 2013 World Cup by a score of 2-1. The team was able to outrun and outplay them when it mattered the most. In fact, the only goal the U/S/ scored was one of the few chances they had.
This time around, they will have to defend a bit more, pass the ball with confidence, try to keep up with the African side's speed and take as many shots on frame as possible to constantly test the keeper. That is how they can defeat a team that is tougher than they look.
Next up, they will be facing Cristiano Ronaldo's nation, whom they were able to defeat via a shocking 3-2 score line back in the 2002 WC group stage. Back then, the states were arguably at their very best of all time, which is why they were able to post such an impressive victory.
Now, they will be facing a talented side that will be led by the world's best player (arguably). If they can somehow slow him down and perhaps close the wings, defend smartly and strike on the counter, they can post yet another upset.
Last but not least, the USMNT will be facing the country that defeated them in the quarterfinals back in 2002 in shocking fashion. The US were dominating most of the match and even had a good goal that was disallowed due to the lack of goal line technology. They could have easily won that game since they were taken quite lightly, but they ended up on the wrong side of the score line.
Now, if they can keep that in mind, the U.S. can field their strongest team and perhaps use the advantage that they have, coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who knows exactly how the German side plays since he coached them back in 2006, and has their blood running through their veins.
1. Jurgen Klinsmann
This man will arguably be the most important for the United States. He may not be playing on the field, but he has already gained the trust of each of his players and has taught them a new way to play. Therefore, if they listen to him, they will play very well, as long as they do not let nerves get the best of them.
He will have to decide between a 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 and even a 4-3-3 formation. Each one works well with these players, so depending on the opponent and what time it is during the game, he will have to know exactly when to defend, build and/or control the tempo.
He has already gotten this team rolling fast than they have in a long time. Therefore, the guys will have to play under his guidance and listen to each and every one of his tactics as they will be of crucial importance against some of the best countries in the world.