With the USMNT running through CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying behind the outstanding goal scoring of Jozy Altidore, expectations were high for the United States going into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
However, the Americans were drawn into the toughest group possible for them. With their schedule including arguably the best team in Europe, Germany, the team with the best player in the world, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo, and the USMNT’s arch-nemesis Ghana, who have knocked them out of the last two World Cups, it might take a miracle for the United States to advance.
Germany is going to run away with Group G, but that doesn’t mean that the USMNT won’t be able to make it to the knockout stages. During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, many teams that finished the group stage with just four points advanced. The USMNT is more than capable of finishing with four points, especially with the recent play of players like Fabian Johnson and Michael Bradley in friendlies.
Unfortunately, if the USMNT does navigate through the “Group of Death,” they will likely have to face Belgium in the knockout stage. This is an extremely talented American side, but they will need to consistently beat some of the best teams in the world to make it far – something that isn’t very likely.
Group Stage Game 1: United States vs. Ghana – Monday June 16, 6 p.m. EST on ESPN.
Group Stage Game 2: United States vs. Portugal – Sunday June 22, 6 p.m. EST on ESPN.
Group Stage Game 3: United States vs. Germany – Thursday June 26, noon EST on ESPN.