There were many concerns about the potential challenges the U.S. Men’s National Team would face in the 2014 World Cup heading into today’s draws, and their worst fears were realized. The U.S. found its way into one of the two Groups of Death, drawing into Group G with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. This draw is very unfortunate for the U.S., and it has to lower their expectations for the World Cup.
Germany is one of the top teams in the world, and is one of the heavy favorites for winning the entire tournament. Portugal is a better team than the United States, and they of course have Cristiano Ronaldo on their side, who is infinitely better than any player the U.S. will trot out. Rounding out the group is Ghana, who is a U.S. nemesis from the last two World Cups. For some reason the U.S. simply can’t beat Ghana, and they will play each other in the opening game.
The U.S. is a very good team, but they will have to beat at the top of their game to advance from their group. They will need results against Ghana and Portugal, which presents a huge challenge. Jurgen Klinsmann has put the U.S. through a difficult schedule, and they have been in excellent form. Klinsmann’s goal has been to prepare this team for any challenge they might face, and he sure has a difficult one awaiting him in Brazil.
The U.S. had hoped to potentially make it as far as the quarterfinals with a good draw, but this is anything but that. They are capable of making it out of the group, but it will be a huge challenge. The defense has to be on top of its game, as each of the three teams the U.S. will face in group play is capable of scoring in bunches. The U.S. actually beat Germany’s B team over the summer, but they will face a far different challenge in June. Portugal and Ghana are not the best sides in the world, but they still are certainly a major challenge.
The World Cup is sixth months away, and many things can change between now and then. However, this is not an ideal situation for the United Stats, and they were one of the most unlucky teams in this year’s World Cup draw.