EDGAR ZUNIGA - Friday, December 6, 2013
In the draw for the 2014 World Cup, the United States was placed in Group G, along with Germany, Ghana and Portugal.

With all four teams having advanced to the second round in World Cup 2010, Group G is considered by many as the tournament's "Group of Death."

For the US, making their seventh straight World Cup appearance, they are faced with the daunting task of taking on perennial championship contenders Germany, a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal, and Ghana, who have eliminated the US in three different World Cups ('06, '10, and the '13 U-20 World Cup).

The US is set to begin play against Ghana on June 16 in Natal, on the east coast of Brazil, then travel to Manaus, located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, to play Portugal on June 22, and then travel back to the east coast to play Germany on June 26, in Recife. It is the longest travel schedule of any World Cup team; nearly 9,000 miles
Monday December 9, 2013 2:29 pm
I can see the US tying Portugal, if they hunker back and rely on counter attacks/set pieces. I don't think the US will beat Ghana or Germany however. Very unfortunate, for them, because I really enjoyed the way they played under Jurgen.
Monday December 9, 2013 12:27 pm
Perfect now JK must focus on European players for the WC for any hopes of competing with the other three teams in our group. We will have to consider starting players like Brooks, Chandler, Dolo, Fabian,Lichaj as well as Jones, Bradley,Iceman and Jozy and leave the MLS players home or on the bench except for LD, Demps and Zusi. We just can't compete in our group with B level players that don't have experience playing at the highest level.

The last two games with Ghana in the WC were beat downs. How about a talisman in the lineup against them named Adu. Don't even start the hating. Why not ask our probable starting forward named Jozy what he thinks? Against these upcoming opponents we must have midfielder's dropping dimes to our forwards to even have a chance of scoring.

Without a potent offense we will be headed for some brutal losses. Must start duel strikers of Altidore/ Iceman with Dempsey a lone poacher underneath. Ronaldo and the German forwards are going to get their goals no matter what we do. Let's have fun and play some offense for some 5-4 games in Brazil.
Phil Clingerman
Saturday December 7, 2013 3:18 pm
Germany are thinking - "Oh no, we've drawn the USA!"
Wouldn't it be nice if US fans would think that way.

If we're a footballing nation, then we're going to have to find a way out of the group...
Saturday December 7, 2013 2:15 pm
Perfect. Now JK has no choice but to bring only experienced players with international pedigrees to face teams like Portugal and Germany. He really needs to consider Cherundolo, Chandler, Brooks, Lichaj, Jones, Demps, Bradley and Iceman to start in WC games. We can't send MLS players in for the slaughter or that's precisely what's going to happen. The last two WC defeats against Ghana were beat downs and we need revenge. How bout a talisman against Ghana by the name of Adu? Many may not think so, but a certain USA Striker would not agree. Ask Jozy? He's gonna be the one needing that dime to be served up in a critical moment against the heavyweights we are going to face. Don't even start to hate, cuz judgement day is coming and it's not gonna be pretty without skillz!!! We need a David to bring down these Goliaths and he does not play in the MLS.

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