The USA midfielder knows the Red White and Blue can't overlook anyone.By the look of things, the United States national team got a favorable draw when the balls were pulled in South Africa on Friday.
Group C, consisting of the USA, England, Algeria, and Slovenia certainly won't be considered by anyone as the 'group of death', but U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey told Goal.com exclusively that the U.S. still had their work cut out for them next summer.
"We could’ve gotten a more difficult group, but we still have our work cut out for us with the teams we have to play," Dempsey said. "We'll be looking forward to the games and preparing the best we can for each game. The goal is to take it one game at a time and advance out of the group and then see what happens after that.
"Whether we finish second or first, that has to be the goal of what we're trying to do, either one of those spots, because we want to advance out of the group and once you advance out of the group anything can happen. I look forward to the challenge."
England are clearly the headliner in Group C and the USA will open its campaign against the Three Lions. Having spent the last three seasons in the English Premier League, Dempsey knows the kind of challenges his team will face in their opening match.
"I would have to say that England would be the favorite [in Group C]," the Fulham winger said. "They’re a strong side with a lot of quality with great players playing for some of the best clubs in the world, so you expect a tough game."
But England is not the only team the USA has to worry about. Dempsey was quick to point out that in a World Cup no team can afford to underestimate their opponents.
"Every game is going to be a tough game," he said. "I don’t think any team is going to take any other team lightly.
"You have to go out there and perform. Every team is going to be trying their best. I think anything can happen to a certain extent. I mean, if the top teams don’t take advantage of their opportunities and put the game to bed, the longer the underdog stays in the game, the more they believe that they can get something out of it.
The USA will open World Cup play June 12 in Rustenburg against England before traveling to Johannesburg six days later to face Slovenia. They will close out group play June 23 against Algeria in Pretoria.
Allen Ramsey, Goal.com
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