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The USA's World Cup group isn't as bad as it looks

Posted On Tuesday, 17th December 2013
USA versus Ghana 2010 World Cup

USA versus Ghana 2010 World Cup

American soccer analyst  Ryan Rosenblatt thinks the Yankees can go through in Group G despite Ghana, Germany and Portugal presence.

The United States had one hope: don’t end up in the Group of Death.

Too bad.

The U.S. was grouped with Germany, Portugal and Ghana, making for almost as tough a group as the Americans could have imagined. But it wasn’t actually the worst group possible — just ask Australia, who are with Spain, the Netherlands and Chile. In fact, it’s not nearly as bad as it looks.

Draw is everything for the U.S.
The 2006 and 2010 World Cups showed just how important the draw is to the Americans.

Nobody would question that the Americans were put in a tough group, but if you look beyond the teams’ reputations, they aren’t so intimidating. At least that’s the case for Portugal and Ghana. Germany is every bit as frightening as their name suggests, but so long as the Germans take care of business and walk away with three wins, the U.S. will have a fair shot at the knockout stages.

Portugal may not be a one-man team, but they are close. Their best showing in the last 18 months came against Sweden when Cristiano Ronaldo essentially put the team on his back. Joao Moutinho, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and Helder Postiga give the Portuguese plenty of talent alongside Ronaldo, but it hasn’t mattered. They finished second to Russia in their World Cup qualifying group and twice drew Israel. Portugal may be intimidating on paper, but in reality, they are amazingly fallible, just as the Black Stars are.

Ghana may be the best team in Africa, but they have been besieged by injuries and a lack of form to some of their best players. The breakdown of Michael Essien has hurt them some, while Asamoah Gyan has traded Ligue 1 and the Premier League for the UAE Pro-League. They have talent in Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng, but they are not a world power.

Americans’ esteem for Ghana is inflated because the Black Stars eliminated the U.S. in each of the last two World Cups, while Portugal brings to mind Ronaldo. Those are both reasons to be weary, but hardly enough to be fearful.

To make matters better, the U.S. got probably the schedule they wanted most. They will play Ghana first, giving them their best chance to take three points right off the bat and Germany last, when the Germans may have already qualified for the knockout stages and are resting players. Whereas the 2006 World Cup put the Americans in a bad place, playing the Czech Republic first and Ghana last, the schedule gods shined upon them for Brazil.

Maybe the worst part of the draw is the travel asked of the United States. Their place as the fourth team in Group G requires them to play in Manaus, deep in the rainforest, and gives them nearly 9,000 miles of total travel in the group stage. Especially for Jurgen Klinsmann, who puts a huge emphasis on fitness and recovery time, that is a blow for the U.S.

The U.S. was certainly unlucky on Friday, especially when Group E, with Switzerland, Ecuador and France was a possibility, but the draw hardly buried the Americans. Four points from the group stage isn’t just possible, it’s reasonable and that may be all it takes to advance to the Round of 16.

The draw put the U.S. in a hole, but it’s not a staggeringly deep one.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. yaw, chicago says:

    Its obvious this analyst doesnt know much about the Ghana team. Its much stronger and competitive than in previous two world cups. The team scores as many goals as Germany could have possibly scored. what Ghana needs it to beef up the defence and restore proper order in goal-keeping.

  2. adam4eve Ag.Swedruni ba says:

    What else did th is same analyst not say about us in 2006 & 2010? They only try to write us off to kill our spirit but they always fail…this time we are going to shut their mouths up for good

  3. iantwii says:

    They should go back and watch the match between Ghana and Germany in 2010. How they suffered to beat Ghana 1-0. When germany met Argentina, they beat them 4-0. The best chance Germany has is to beat Portugal and the US. Ghana will beat all 3 opponents in group G, and win the group.

    • ZG GH4LIFE says:

      Thank you,you are a true Ghanaian, i watched that game again,Only problem i saw with Ghana was that they kept playing long balls, i don’t know if they were scared to hold the ball, but every time they held the bald they made the Germans suffer, we have to do better this time,we can beat them, they are just humans like us, we are even stronger than them.

  4. milky says:

    Its really interesting how this write points out that Ghana doesnt have world class players and Ghana isnt a good team. What is interesting is that, the US doesnt have any players who can even match up the so call none world class players that we have in Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    At least we have some that he can mention. Can he name a few of their players that are playing top leagues in Europe that are comparable to the players he mentioned above.
    We will see come next summer. We will beat them again. These American dont know how to carefully analyze teams and even be sport commentators on TV. Listening to their commentators during a games between the US and other countries are so shameful and painfully..100% biased. During the U20 world cup in Turkey when Ghana played the US, the commentary by the American commentators were so bad, they talked so much trash about Ghana until Ghana annihilated their team.
    We will see





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