2014 World Cup Draw: United States' Group G Success Depends On Result vs. Ghana

By Phil Naegely
Kirby Lee – USATODAY Sports

The 2014 World Cup Draw saw the United States Men’s National Team joining a group with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. It looks like the group of death, but there are some positive takeaways. The most important one is that the United States’ group stage success will depend solely on how they do against Ghana.

If the United States can get three points against Ghana, then they will have a decent shot to advance to the knockout rounds. However, history doesn’t look good for USMNT, but anything is possible at the World Cup. With a win against Ghana, a tie against Portugal and a loss to Germany, four points in Group G could be enough to advance.

Yes, Ghana defeated the United States back in 2006 and 2010 by 2-1 score lines, but this matchup will feel a little different. In 2006, the United States ended group play against Ghana and in 2010 lost in the Round of 16 to the same side.

In 2014, the result of the USA-Ghana will dictate how the United States does in their other two group stage games. A win will give the United States a confidence boost, which is good when facing Germany and Portugal, matches that they will approach as underdogs. On the other hand, a loss will most likely end any chance for the Americans.

While Group G is being termed the “group of death”, there is a chance America gets out alive. It won’t be easy and they’ll have to buck a historical trend, but doing so would be sending a message to the rest of the group that this US team could be a force to be reckoned with.

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