U.S. World Cup Team to Play Germany, Ghana and Portugal

The field is tougher than at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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    The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a tough first-round group at next year's World Cup. Making their seventh straight appearance at soccer's showcase, the Americans were drawn into Group G and will open on June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans from the last two World Cups.

    The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a tough first-round group at next year's World Cup.

    Making their seventh straight appearance at soccer's showcase, the Americans were drawn into Group G and will open on June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans from the last two World Cups.

    With the longest travel schedule of any World Cup team at almost 9,000 miles, the U.S. meets Portugal and Cristian Ronaldo on June 22 in the Amazon rain forest city Manaus.

    The Americans close group play on June 26 in Recife against Germany, which beat the U.S. in the 2002 quarterfinal.

    Here is the full list:

    Group A
    Brazil
    Croatia
    Mexico
    Cameroon

    Group B
    Spain
    Netherlands
    Chile
    Australia

    Group C
    Colombia
    Greece
    Coite d'Ivoire
    Japan

    Group D
    Uruguay
    Costa Rica
    England
    Italy

    Group E
    Switzerland
    Ecuador
    France
    Honduras

    Group F
    Argentina
    Bosnia-Herzegovina
    Iran
    Nigeria

    Group G
    Germany
    Portugal
    Ghana
    USA

    Group H
    Belgium
    Algeria
    Russia
    Korea Republic