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2014 World Cup Draw: USA in Group of Death with Germany, Portugal, Ghana – Schedule, times, venues

Dec 6, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

After breezing through qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it couldn’t have got any tougher for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side following the World Cup draw in Brazil on Friday.

The U.S. national team were drawn in a “Group of Death” scenario, alongside European giants Germany and Portugal, plus their old foes Ghana joining them in Group G, as Klinsmann’s men were handed a tough draw.


USMNT will face Ghana in their first group game in Natal on June 16, before traveling to the Amazon rainforest and playing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in Manaus on June 22. The ‘Nats will then finish their group stage off with a tricky test against Klinsmann’s home nation, and the side he won the World Cup with back in 1990, Germany in Recife on June 26.

The draw in Group G will also strain the USA in terms of travel as they will rack up over 8,800 miles in their three group games. Of course the MLS players in the squad are used to traveling long distances more than most. But this huge amount upheaval across the vast nation of Brazil will make the task even harder for the USA to get out of Group G and make it to the last 16.


Below is the schedule for the World Cup Group G matches, as the USA face some mouth-watering matches in South America.


Group A: Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia
Group B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands
Group C: Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece
Group D: Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France
Group F: Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Group G: Germany, Ghana, United States, Portugal
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Korea Republic, Russia

Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA

Fixture schedule

16 June 13:00 Salvador Germany v     Portgual
16 June 18:00 Natal Ghana v          USA
21 June 15:00 Fortaleza Germany v       Ghana
22 June 15:00 Manaus USA v     Portugal
26 June 12:00 Recife USA v    Germany
26 June 12:00 Brasilia Portugal v        Ghana

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  1. footballer4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Has anyone thought that Germany should be worried of USA considering they have Klinsmann, a previous German National footballer and Germany National coach in 2006, who knows one or two things about everything German football? Come on, guys! I don’t want to be Mr. Positive, but let’s get over our footballing complex hump. USMNT is not a cinderella national team and having qualified or participated since 1990 only gives us the experience and comfort to show up and play at the WC level. Breath it! Breath out! we are getting out of that group phase believing and fighting it out.

    • billobrienschindimple - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      The Gemany game comes at a horrible time for the US. Germany will have an extra day of rest, and the US plays the previous match in Manaus. If you don’t know about the conditions in Manaus, you need to check it out. All I will say here is that it is the capital of Amazonas.

      • dcfan4life - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        The German game is really good right now. Tall, strong forwards and defensemen, quick counterattack ability. Honostly i dont think the US can run with the Germans if both teams play their best. Much better chance we can take Ghana and Portugal than Germany, imo.

      • redbaronx - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        @billobrienschindimple – I didn’t realize this until you mentioned it, and yes you have a valid point that is even more valid because the Germans are just about the fittest side out of all the teams, but I don’t think it is impossible for us to beat Ghana and Portugal.

      • gbemberg - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        Manaus shouldn’t make any difference this time of year, even on the Equator. The US plays ALL their group matches in the north of Brasil (equatorial part)-at least winter conditions will be cooler in June, regardless of city, so just give thanks for that.

      • nothanks360 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM


        dude, you clearly have no freaking clue what you’re talking about. it’s still hot as balls on the equator, even in winter. the average temperature in manaus in june and july is 88 degrees. the coldest average month there is 86, the highest 91. you seriously want to tell us that the “winter conditions” in manaus aren’t going to be insanely hot? fail.

      • gbemberg - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        @nothanks360-wow, aren’t we intense. All I said is that Manaus makes no difference since ALL the matches the US plays will be under the same conditions in the northern cities-and by the way, June IS the coolest month of the year in Manaus, comparatively

      • bushdiver - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:47 AM

        The Germans could beat the U.S. with no sleep at all the night before the game. Anytime the U.S. plays Germany would be a horrible time.

    • takethelongview - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Except for a select few nations, apprehension about playing Germany is a perfectly legitimate reaction and does not indicate a “footballing complex hump.” It indicates honest self-assessment.

      The best scenario for playing the Germans will arise if Germany wins its first two matches, secures passage to the second round prior to our contest, then elects to rest many starters. If the ones actually in the game proceed to play as if they are conserving energy for the Round of 16, then so much the better for our chances.

      But then, again, when we solve our Ghana-hump and then startle Portugal (which has happened before!), then we will also have secured passage to the second round before this contest. So how’s that for a Mr. Positive candidacy?

      • footballer4ever - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        You get my vote! 😛

      • bushdiver - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:57 AM

        The best chance the Americans have of advancing to the second round is if Germany and Portugal forfeit their games against the Americans. Against Germany = 0 Chance, Against Portugal = practically no chance. Ronaldo will run rampant on the Americans. Ghana is the only team the U.S. will have a slight chance against.

    • bushdiver - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      I seriously doubt the Germans will give a second thought to Klinsmann. The U.S. has never beaten Ghana, has practically no chance against Portugal and are definitely no match for the Germans. This group will wind up as follows.

      1. Germany
      2. Portugal
      3. Ghana
      4. U.S.A.

      • footballer4ever - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        That’s even better for Germany not to give Klinsmann and Co. any thought. The upsets are sweeter when you are under estimated by the opposing team. In the end, respect is only earned when you beat the big boys on the field and the US has been doing so one game at a time, but it’s understandable to hear the nay sayers who still doubt the US.

        1. Germany (just not to be overly positive)
        2. USA
        3 Ghana
        4. Portugal

      • bear06 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:38 AM

        1. Germany
        2. USA
        3. Portugal
        4. Ghana

  2. billobrienschindimple - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    That match in Manaus is going to be brutal. Obviously, both sides will have to deal with the humidity. I am not sure what the humidity is like in Portugal, I would like to think that we have an advantage in that department, but who knows. I expect plenty of water stoppages.

    Personally, I think that venue would have been much better for us if Germany was the opponent. C’est la vie.

    • basedrum777 - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Isn’t it winter at that point so it’ll be drier?

  3. mianfr - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Silver lining: that’s exactly how you’d want it sequenced.

    Ghana is the make or break game. If USA are to advance, they have to conquer their nemesis and gain that confidence first.

    The game in Manaus will be brutal for everyone but you have to figure Ronaldo is the superior athlete [to any player on the pitch! or any pitch], so if you have to play someone like that! you want it to be as hard as possible for him to show off his talent.

    And then there’s Germany… We bet their third team, yes. It wasn’t necessarily our first team, but they’re still much better. This is not arguable. The hope here is a Germany won’t have much to play for… An advantage Portugal and Germany won’t have.

    • bushdiver - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:01 AM

      Wrong. Ghana is a non factor. Only the first two teams advance to the next round. America isn’t one of them even should they beat Ghana.

      • mianfr - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        No, you’re wrong. If you don’t beat Ghana, clearly weaker than Germany or Portugal, how can you expect to recover and beat the top teams?

        A win versus Portugal or Germany will likely not even matter if we don’t beat Ghana.

        And I know the idea of confidence and momentum in sports is a bit tenuous academically, but how can the US not get a great boost if they beat the team that has their number?

  4. player169 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Great story lines for every game. I agree, you have a head coach that knows the coaches of the Germany team, because he picked the Bugger eater. He knows the style of football and had success at the highest level. Given this group we couldn’t have picked a better coach. Win against Ghana and then it is a crapshoot…

    Beat the best and get out of the group, then we will get the world respect we have always wanted. Glad we didn’t get Group B, because that would have been worse.

    There is a reason you play the games. GO USA!!!!

    • deutschtony - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Keep thinking that.

  5. wandmdave - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    It may not be bad to have Portugal in Manaus. Hopefully that will slow CR7 down because the thought of him running at DMB or Brad Evans scares the hell out of me.

  6. doctorrustbelt - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Football related brain injuries and the Browning of America will add up to American competitiveness in soccer around 2025.

  7. player169 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    I think Brad Evans will be on the bench behind Cameron in my opinion. I think all the games he is getting there at Stoke will give him the advantage. His long legs will be needed on the right side. Beasley, will be in the lineup though and against CR7, that is scary. Maybe, he’ll get injured before the cup and then the chances of the U.S. advancing will increase dramatically…

  8. fissilemissile - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    This group placement is the only way we’ll get true solid cred for our team. Beat Ghana, shock Portugal, and keep it close with Germany. I think we’ll be fine. But our guys will have to play like they’ve never played before. If we can get out of Group play I’d say this is the best US team ever.

    • deutschtony - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Are you drunk. What do you think. The US will get better in 4 months. Sorry but that won’t happen

      • fissilemissile - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        I think that we did what I was hoping to do. We didn’t beat Portugal but were 30 seconds from it. Wondo’s miss in the 89th minute, if it had gone in, could’ve gotten us past Belgium. Drunk or not, I was closer than your predictions.

      • fissilemissile - Oct 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        So we made it out of group play. Seems that whatever I was drinking, so was the US mens team.

  9. bucfanforlife - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    get off the Kool-Aid 0-3 at best

    • bear06 - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:46 AM

      Team USA are no Buccaneers of the world. They are much better than that.

  10. footballer4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    @ bucfanforlife

    Ha! An Eggball fan trolling around 😛

  11. olvera32066 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    3 and out…

  12. banjopat - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Groups B and D are the groups of death.

    Only when there are 3 or more highly rated teams and they all would be considered a good chance to go through.

    When there are two perceived weaker teams in a group and two highly rated teams in the group then this is not the group of death.

    Sorry the US is not in the group of death.

    I support them and wish them well but they are not rated highly like Germany and Portugal.

    • bear06 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:13 AM

      So Australia and Costa Rica are more highly rated than the U.S. and Ghana? The U.S. and Ghana are miles better and are more highly rated than those 2 teams. Group G averages 11.25 in the FIFA ranking which is the best out of all the groups in the WC.

  13. footballer4ever - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    In case you all missed it, PST third and last mock draw had the USA with Spain, Italy and Chile. Having said that, Germany, Potugal and Ghana looks much better. If not, then let’s see if FIFA allows us to trade with Australia. I am sure Australia, another “soccer” country wish they were the U.S more ways than one.

  14. deutschtony - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Don’t confuse Europe and North America please The us might win to Ghana but that’s just it we’ll unless the refaree cheats I guess.

  15. lodestarcounsel - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Ear your words

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