Don’t call it a Group of Death. But that is what it will be for the United States as they were drawn into a group Friday against former World Cup Champions Germany, nemesis Ghana and Portugal.
Yeah, that won’t be easy.
US coach Jurgen Klinsmann had a few things to say about the draw, he said he knew in the pit of his stomach that he would be with his home nation.
“I kind of had in my stomach that we were going to get Germany,” said Klinsmann. “You know I wanted Brazil in the opening game, but obviously it’s one of the most difficult groups in the whole draw. Having Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo and then Ghana who has a history with the United States, it couldn’t get any more difficult or any bigger but that’s what the World Cup is about, it’s a real challenge and we’ll take it, we’ll take it on and hopefully we’re going to surprise some people there.
“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.
“I look at things always from a positive side. We have a young team, a team that is growing. We’ve built a lot over the past two years. We’ve had the most successful year in our history in 2013, so we’ve built the confidence and the belief that we can deal with those challenges. We’re going to take it one game at a time, starting with Ghana who gave us some issues in the recent World Cups. If we start off there well, then it builds even more confidence for the next two big ones.”
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