U.S. World Cup Draw Basically Hopeless

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.