The United States’ Men’s National Team got arguably the toughest draw in the World Cup group stage. They’re in a group that includes Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Germany is currently the No. 2 ranked team in the world, while Portugal is the No. 5 team in the World. The United States comes in at No. 14, while Ghana is ranked No. 24.
That has earned their group the title “group of death.” Landon Donovan thinks the United States presence in the group is what has earned the group the moniker.
“The reason it’s the group of death is because we are in it,” he said, via ESPN FC. “In the past, it would have been a relatively easier group for Germany or Ghana or Portugal because they had us in it. But now, because we are in it, it makes it one of the most difficult groups in the tournament.”
He also thinks the United States has a good chance to advance.
“I think the experience that we have now far exceeds the experience that we ever had with any team, and that lines up to give us a real chance,” Donovan said. “We are confident in how we play. We are confident in what we do. Our guys have had enough experiences against all of these players, against teams like Ghana, Portugal, Germany. … We feel confident that we can get results against them, and that’s a nice feeling going into a World Cup.”