USA will enter World Cup 2010 with high hopes. They have one of the strongest teams maybe ever, a coach who has proved a revelation, and a bona fide soccer star in captain Landon Donovan.
They’ll also be on happily familiar turf: South Africa was the scene last year of one of the country’s most famous triumphs, when USA beat European champions Spain to set up a Confederations Cup final meeting with Brazil.
World Cup, of course, is a slightly different proposition, and there are myriad obstacles standing before any wild daydreams about another final appearance. First and foremost: will USA even make it out of their group?