I've heard our best shot might be to go 1-1-1 with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal. That sucks. We're supposed to have a good team by US standards.
This past calendar year was one of the best I've ever witnessed from the US. They started the year on rocky ground, but they went on, I believe, a 13 game winning streak. Aside from early in the year, they dominated World Cup qualifying. So to get this draw was absolutely gutting. You are probably right, best case scenario is to go 1-1-1, but the issue is that Ghana has our number. They've knocked us out of the last two World Cups. Maybe this is the year. But if the US lose that first game against Ghana, they're going to have a long, tough road to make it to the knockout stage.
The positives are that Portugal barely qualified for the Cup, and even though they've got Ronaldo, if the US plays their best ball, we might have a shot in that one. And even though it was a friendly, and really they brought their B team, we beat Germany this past year. But ultimately, I think the US thrives in an underdog role. And from all the interviews I've seen from players and Klinsmann, they're driving that point home and seem ready to stand up to the challenge.
Ultimately, it was a tough draw, but if the US can make it out of the group stage, then I wouldn't count them out of anything. There always seems to be Cinderellas in the World Cup, and who is to say it's not the red, white, and blue?
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