USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann has admitted that Group G of the 2014 World Cup where they face Ghana as they fight to reach the second round.
The Yanks will also take on Germany and Portugal is the toughest of next year’s tournament in Brazil which has sparked some concerns for some of the teams in the group.
The ex-striker said he is relishing going up against his former assistant Joachim Low and finally besting Ghana when the Stars and Stripes play Germany.
But Klinsmann admits that taking on all the teams in the group will be one of the toughest tasks in next year’s competition.
“That’s one of those crazy stories that football writes,” Klinsmann, who made 80 appearances for Germany, told German broadcaster ARD.
Germany play USA in Recife on 26 June in their final Group G game having also drawn Ghana and Portugal.
The Recife clash pits Klinsmann, who coached Germany to third at the 2006 World Cup, against Low, who succeeded him as German head coach in 2006 having been his assistant at that year’s World Cup.
“So, we will be meeting old friends,” said Low.
“It’s already something special to have the USA in our group. Jurgen and I have had a very good and close relationship for a long time.
“We have always exchanged ideas on a regular basis, but that will certainly change before the World Cup match.”
Klinsmann’s USA team beat Low’s weakened Germany 4-3 in a friendly in Washington, DC last June, when most of his stars were involved in the UEFA Champions League final, but overall the Germans lead the series with six wins and three defeats.
“That is a tough group, which couldn’t have been harder,” added Klinsmann, who started coaching the USA in July 2011.