Can the United States come up with a serious run of success in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil? Of course they can, but just like any other major team tournament, the special combination of hard work and luck will play a major role-just like it does in every World Cup and major sporting championship across the globe.
First of all the Americans have an extremely tough group stage. Besides the United States, Group “G” features Germany, Portugal, and Ghana, and all of those squads are pretty good–to say the least. CBS Sports has labeled this the “Group of Death” because of how talented the teams are, but there are a few other groups that represent tough draws as well. After all, only two teams from each group are moving on.
Since Germany is widely considered to be in contention to win the entire tournament, according to FIFA.com, it stands to reason the squad is also favored to win the group. Yes, on paper Germany and Portugal look to be sure things to advance. There is a reason the games get played and nobody looks at the teams on a piece of paper and awards the trophy.
Still, this is the World Cup, and the Germans will likely be at their best. So what does the United States have to do in order to advance to the next round of the party? In short order a draw with Germany and wins versus Portugal and Ghana would pretty much seal the deal. Of course, it’s pretty easy to say that, and another thing entirely to do it.
Ghana has the ability to be a thorn in the side of every team it plays. According to the Daily Mail, Cristiano Ronaldo is probably a go for Portugal despite some injury concern, and he is one of the best players on the planet, which spells trouble for every team in the group. The United States has always been hoping to send a message on an international level, and this is really the chance.
According to The Guardian, Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking to rock the boat of the team he used to coach, which makes the U.S. versus Germany matchup really interesting. The Americans definitely have a lot of work to do to make it through, but right now before the opening match takes place there is a buzz of possibility. Could it happen? Absolutely.