By Charlie Roumeliotis
The groups for the 2014 World Cup are set, and the United States has landed in Group G with Germany, Ghana, and Portugal.
U.S. midfielder Brad Evans joined CSN Chicago on Friday to talk about their draw. And his initial reaction was probably the same as yours.
"I think obviously the first reaction is 'that's gonna be tough,'" he said. "It's definitely teams that we've faced in the past. I look back and it's a tough group, but those results were always so close. It's not like these teams we put on a pedestal are absolutely smoking us off the field in a World Cup competition. Every game has been close, so for us, it's a great opportunity to prove our stake and our worth."
The U.S. will travel nearly 9,000 miles for three opening-round group matches in Natal, Manaus, and Recife. But Evans says he views any obstacles as an opportunity rather than a difficult obstacle to overcome.
"Who knows what the environment's going to be like? But at the end of the day when you look back in 10, 15 years, you can say, 'I was in this position to make some noise and we did it,'" he said. "You set goals for yourself not only playing in the World Cup, but those feelings that you have afterwards that you want to have and good memories more than anything. So if that means playing in the middle of the Amazon and it's crazy travel, heat, fans, whatever it is, it's something that we've gotta look at as an opportunity more than a challenge."