U.S. fans are terrified of Group G. And sure, between Ghana, Portugal and Germany, there are no easy games. But that doesn’t mean we have to abandon hope all ye who enter the World Cup. Here are five reasons to be optimistic about World Cup Group G. (Because five points would be just lovely, thank you.)
1. We play Ghana first. First games can make or break a World Cup campaign, so the fact that the U.S. plays the weakest of its three opponents first is undeniably a good thing. And can you imagine the surge in optimism and positivity if we finally shake three points out of Ghana?
2. It’s an opportunity to show the world what we can do. Part of the USMNT’s mission is to show the rest of the world that American soccer isn’t all NASL shootouts, astroturf and cheerleaders. Surviving the group of death, and leaving the battered corpses of two impressive teams behind, would accomplish that mission.
3. It’s time for Klinsmann to walk the walk. Coach K has talked a lot about the being proactive not reactive and maintaining possession even against the very best teams. Group G is the perfect opportunity to do exactly that. And when it’s all over we’ll know whether it’s a good idea or not.
4. We have a full six months to kidnap, poison or injure Cristiano Ronaldo. We just have to pick one method and commit to it.
5. It’s going to be exciting. No flat games against opposition you’ve never heard of. Big games against big teams with ready-made narratives that soccer newbies can latch on to.