by Danny Kuhn
The U.S. men’s soccer team had a great performance in Qualifiers, and are currently ranked fourteenth in the world. The team had high hopes for the 2014 World Cup, but those hopes seriously sank after the World Cup draw came out on Dec 6.
The U.S. was placed in a group including Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Germany and Portugal are generally recognized as powerhouses in the soccer world, and are considered by many to have legitimate shot at claiming the championship. According to businessweek.com, “that puts the Americans in what the soccer world calls a ‘Group of Death,’ or tournament so competitive it’s practically guaranteed to fail.”
Ghana is not at the same level as Germany and Portugal, but they knocked the U.S. out of the past two World Cups. Ghana has proven to be a huge thorn in their side, beating the U.S. 2-1 in 2006 and 2010.
U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to approach the draw with a positive attitude, saying to ussoccer.com: “I think our group, if you take a look at it, is probably one of the toughest ones – definitely top two or three groups in this draw. From a traveling point of view we have the furthest distance to travel with our team, but we’ll deal with it with a smile on our face and we’re going to attack.”
Even if the U.S. goes into the tournament with a smile, the odds are not going to be in the team’s favor. According to espnfc.com, the furthest the U.S. has ever advanced in the World Cup was in 1930, when they reached the semi-finals. That year they lost to Argentina 6-1. The U.S. may be the best they have ever been, but to win the World Cup they will need nothing short of a miracle.