Many soccer nations operate in a constant state of patriotic delusion in which the country's public and media grossly overestimate its national team's chances of performing well at a World Cup.
In the United States, the opposite is the case.
Last week's World Cup draw that placed the U.S. in one of two "Groups of Death" alongside Germany, Portugal and Ghana has been treated with such negativity on these shores that a novice soccer fan could be forgiven for thinking Jurgen Klinsmann's side shouldn't even bother boarding the plane to Brazil next summer.
What might shock the noisy doom-mongers in this country is that nowhere across the soccer universe is there anywhere near the same level of pessimism about the United States' chances.
Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in July 2011 and his achievements with the national team have not gone unnoticed internationally. Such progress allowed Klinsmann to sign a new contract extension on Thursday in a deal that will now run through the 2018 World CupRead More »from Group of Death foes show respect for U.S.