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FIFA World Cup update: USA at risk of exiting the World Cup early

FIFA World Cup update: USA at risk of exiting the World Cup early

In a Group stage cluster that includes formidable adversaries, the US team are absolutely not the most viable side to dominate the early stages of the fast-approaching 2014 FIFA World Cup. Seeded in a ‘Group of Death’ that includes Germany, Portugal, and Ghana, The Stars and Stripes will have to deal an immense amount of pressure to exceed their Round of 16 finish in South Africa four years ago.

 

The US are notable for being yo-yo players, having had a streak of inconsistent performances since football (or soccer, as it is most often called in the country) have increasingly and relatively been a popular sport amongst Americans. Their greatest World Cup success came in 2002, when they obtained berth in the quarter-final before falling to Germany on a goalless defeat. They followed it up with an embarrassing 25th-place finish in 2006 but managed to regain traction in the tournament when they finished atop Group C in the 2010 South Africa tilt.

 

Although not exactly the favorites, Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad have actually had some successes against their two most intimidating opponents in their group. The U.S. subdued the Germans 4-3 in a 2013 friendly played before more than 47,000 spectators at a sold-out RFK Stadium. The win put an end to a three-game losing streak against Germany. They have also won their last two meetings against Portugal. However, these matches were held more than a decade ago and Portugal have since emerged as a major football powerhouse that the world has learned to fear.

 

With Landon Donovan—considered the best football player to ever come out of the United States—not included by Klinsmann in the final lineup, the team’s odds at dominating the group have just gotten less reliable as the competition nears.

 

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Featured Image: USA supporters | Source: CNN

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