Despite being drawn in a ‘Group of Death’, the USA do have positives to take from the 2014 Brazil World Cup draw on Friday.
The USMNT,coached by Jurgen Klinsmann, were drawn in Group G alongside Germany, Portugal and Ghana. For Klinsmann, it means a fixture against his own nation Germany, while Portugal means the unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo will test Tim Howard‘s goal. Once again Ghana were drawn in the same group as the USMNT. The African nation have never lost to the USA.
I can hear you going “nope” in a reaction to my opening sentence. But despite the doom-and-gloom of this extremely tough draw, there are slight positives to take from it.
Firstly, with such competitive nations in one group, it means the possibility of a share of the points rather than two teams dominating. In other groups with two fairly weak nations, that situation is likely to not be the case. But, it is fair to say that Portugal, Ghana and the Germans can all realistically beat each other. The fear for the USA is that they can’t, but with the three others having a high chance of slipping up, it means one USA loss may not be so vital.
The second positive is that if the USA do manage to scrape through this perilous group and move into the knockout stages, they will face one of the following: Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea. Although those four nations are still dangerous, none of them are real powerhouses of World football. Belgium are decent, but they’re not favorites to reach the latter stages of the tournament.
The final positive is that it gives the USMNT a chance to test themselves against the very best on the world stage. In the past, that has perhaps not been the case due to early knockouts. Don’t get me wrong though — the negatives outweigh the positives for the USA following this World Cup draw. I haven’t even mentioned the fact the Portugal game will be played in a rain forest with 99 percent humidity.