Advancing will be an achievement

December 10, 2005
By Michael Lewis
Leipzig, Germany -- Well, it could have been worse. But it certainly was bad enough.

After all, the United States could have been placed with Brazil, the Netherlands and Ghana in the ultimate "Group of Death" for this World Cup.

In reality, the Americans wound up with Italy, Czech Republic and Ghana.

And that reality bites.

Friday night's draw will make getting out of the first round in one piece not impossible, but definitely more difficult for ...

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