Going into today's World Cup draw, we already knew just how stacked the 32-team field that make up next year's tournament in Brazil was. Seemingly every perennial superpower—hosts Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, and the Netherlands, Italy—as well as the ridiculous "underclass" of teams like Belgium, Colombia, Portugal, Uruguay, and the Ivory Coast would be there. We knew that today, in an unbelievably talented field, multiple "groups of death" would be drawn. We knew that the odds of the United States avoiding one of those groups were slim.
And today, when the smoke settled, the United States were drawn into Group G, along with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana. The group is the most difficult of the tournament—hilariously, frighteningly strong. The top two nations from each group advance to the knockout rounds, and right now, today, seven months from the world's greatest sporting event—it appears as if the United States are fucked.