"Any player would want to play against these teams and test themselves against them on the greatest stage there is," Beckerman said. "No reason to fear it. [We need to] really go into it with a belief that you can do it."
Rimando kept it simple in his explanation of the draw.
"We definitely have a tough group, but again, in the World Cup you're going to play the teams that deserve to be there. It's going to be tough, for sure," he said.
Asked if he agrees with the general assessment that this is the U.S.'s second "Group of Death" in three cycles, Rimando said with a smile, "I don't know."
The Americans also will face the longest travel schedule of any World Cup team in Brazil as the team will travel nearly 9,000 miles just in group play. The U.S. will play Ghana on June 16 in Natal, followed by a June 22 match against Ronaldo and Portugal in the Amazon in Manaus. The U.S. will close group play against the Germans on June 26 in Recife, a match that will pit head coach Jurgen Klinsmann against his home country and former team.
"We have to wait and see what happens with how we do, but it's going to be difficult, like I said, I still think if we have the quality, if we play our best ball, we can get out of the group," U.S. captain Clint Dempsey said.
RSL forward Alvaro Saborio was on hand to watch the draw and looked on as Costa Rica was drawn into a quite difficult Group D with top seed Uruguay, England and Italy.
"They're some of the best national teams there and we're going to be playing against them, so we've got to make sure we're all good and all in good condition to go face off," Saborio said.
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