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The 31-year-old believes the group is being talked about more because of the US and as a result of their experience the Black Stars, Germany and Portugal won’t have it easy

American midfielder Landon Donovan is optimistic the US will use experience to beat Ghana, Germany and Portugal to make it out of the group stage at the 2014 World Cup.

The 31-year-old said the Stars and Stripes have a “real chance” to excel at the global football fiesta this summer.

“I think the experience that we have now far exceeds the experience that we ever had with any team, and that lines up to give us a real chance,” Donovan said at a press conference as the US ends a week-and-a-half training camp in Brazil.

“We are confident in how we play. We are confident in what we do. Our guys have had enough experiences against all of these players, against teams like Ghana, Portugal, Germany. We feel confident that we can get results against them, and that's a nice feeling going into a World Cup."

The US are meeting Ghana for the third time at the World Cup and have lost all the previous encounters. They will open against Ghana on June 16 before facing Portugal six days later and Germany on June 26.

Donovan said: "There's never been competition for places like there is in our team now. You can really make a case for probably 35 or 40 guys to be a part of a 23-man roster, and that's never been the case. It's really up for grabs in a lot of positions, and that in itself obviously creates competition, which makes the team better.

"The reason it's the group of death is because we are in it. In the past, it would have been a relatively easier group for Germany or Ghana or Portugal because they had us in it. But now, because we are in it, it makes it one of the most difficult groups in the tournament."

 

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