U.S. World Cup Draw Basically Hopeless

United States' Eddie Johnson jumps for the ball during a FIFA World Cup 2014 friendly football match between Austria and United States on November 19, 2013 at the Ernst Happel Stadium, in Vienna. Austria won 1-0.
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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.