After an eventful draw for the 2014 World Cup, the groups are set.
The Americans, who enter this tournament with arguably their strongest team ever, were certainly part of the excitement.
It will not be an easy path to the knockout stage for the USMNT.
Will the Americans advance to the knockout stage?
The Americans have climbed to No. 14 in the FIFA rankings, but that is only good enough to have them as the third-highest ranked team in Group H.
No. 2 Germany heads up the group. They are followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and his fifth-ranked Portugal side.
At No. 24, Ghana is the only team in the group that is ranked lower than the Americans. Still, that is the same Ghana side that has defeated the Americans in the past two World Cups.
As if the fierce competition wasn't enough, the Americans will also have to attempt to overcome this fact:
Shaping up to be a horrible USA draw. Toughest travel possible: Natal-Manaus-Recife= 8866 travel miles.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) December 6, 2013
Of course, Group G isn't the only group worthy of being considered the "Group of Death." Group B is among those that will also be a fierce battle. Defending champion and current world No. 1 Spain sits at the top. With No. 9 and defending runners-up Netherlands, No. 15 Chile and No. 59 Australia, this group is going to be a fun one to track.
On the whole, the draw sets up for a fantastic tournament.
Looking past the group stage, the potential is there for compelling knockout games. No. 10 Brazil, No. 4 Colombia, No. 8 Switzerland, and No. 2 Germany head up the groups on one side and No. 1 Spain, No. 6 Uruguay, No. 3 Argentina, and No. 11 Belgium head up the groups on the other side.
All that is left now is to wait until June for the action to start. ...Is it June yet?