Welcome to the “Group Of Death.”
When the draw for the 2014 World Cup took place on Friday in Brazil, the U.S. men’s national soccer team landed in the formidable Group G with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. That group includes the two teams who handed the U.S. tournament-ending losses in the last three World Cups and a third squad that includes Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Well, I kind of had it in my stomach that we were going to get Germany,” U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann told Jeremy Schaap of ESPN after the draw. “I wanted actually 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 Ghana who has a history with the United States, it couldn’t get any more difficult or any bigger. But that’s what a 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.”
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