After the draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the United States finds itself in the incredibly competitive Group G. In front of the entire world this June, the U.S. will play Germany, Portugal, and Ghana.
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Here is what you need to know about this group, as well as the United States’ chances to win the gold cup.
1. Germany is a Favorite in the Group
Germany has been called the favorite of Group G. Both the U.S. and Ghana have been called the underdogs, so only Portugal will pose a threat to Germany’s domination.
2. Portugal Has the World’s Best Player
The 28-year-old all star from Real Madrid has been a necessary addition to to Portugal’s national team since 2003.
3. Ghana’s Best Player is Off His Game
After a short loan to Real Madrid, Michael Essien has been slipping in his carrier with Chelsea FC. During training for the 2011-2012 season, Essien’s leg was injured and required surgery. Some say that he never returned from his pre-surgery skill.
4. The U.S. Coach is German
One Germany’s greatest living soccer players is, conveniently for the United States, the U.S. national coach. Jürgen Klinsmann managed the German team between 2004 and 2006 and played on the team for decades before that.
Some say this might give the United States a much needed edge against the competitive German team.
5. The U.S. Plays Ghana First
The United States will play Ghana for its first match of the World Cup. The match will happen on June 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. local time in Natal, Brazil.