U.S. World Cup Draw Basically Hopeless

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US football team pose before their Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Panama at the Rommel Fernandez stadium in Panama city on October 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUA        (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)
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In what Sports Illustrated calls "easily the toughest U.S. World Cup draw ever," the men's national team ended up in Group G with its recent rival Ghana, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, and traditional powerhouse Germany. It will be a miracle if they make it out alive, and it gets more difficult from there.