And btw: Sorry to see NZ get so miserably crushed by Brazil in the friendlies---it was honestly painful to watch. But knowing the the Brazilian team is one of the best ever should assuage the sorrow just a bit!
The USA's group is tough, no doubt, but it isn't the Group of Death - that hounour goes to Netherlands, Argentina, Serbia & Montenegro and Ivory Coast. Not a bad team there.
I still think the USA could get through. Getting a result against the Czech Republic (who are getting on a bit) or Italy isn't totally out of the question.