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The United States men’s national team got drawn into one of the toughest groups in the World Cup. Their group, which includes World Cup favorites Germany and Portugal, as well as Ghana who has eliminated the United States from the last two World Cups.
United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann described his team's World Cup draw as "the worst of the worst" after it was pooled with Germany, Portugal and Ghana in one of two "Groups of Death."
Klinsmann could scarcely believe his ill fortune after the draw was made in Bahia, Brazil, with the Americans lumped into Group G and a situation that immediately installed them as long shots to reach the last 16.
"It is one of the most difficult groups of the whole draw," Klinsmann said. "It couldn't get any more difficult or any bigger but that is what the World Cup is all about.
"We are looking forward to the challenge and we don't see ourselves as any kind of outsiders. If you want to get into the top 10 or 12 teams in the world you have to beat these guys.
"We discussed before the draw that there could be some difficult schedules and we hit the worst of the worst.
Third in 2010 and aims to build on positive vibe created by its dominant club teams.
Knocked out the U.S. in 2010 before being heartbreakingly denied a semifinal spot.
Regarded as the strongest team in its pot after topping CONCACAF group.
Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly won a tense playoff but has yet to shine at World Cup.
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