KANSAS CITY - Listening to U.S. media outlets attempt to put a positive spin on their team's horror-show World Cup draw here at MLS Cup headquarters on Friday was quite comical.
American soccer stars such as Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey and L.A. Galaxy centre back Omar Gonzalez -- both likely to start for the U.S. in Brazil -- fielded questions from a plethora of MLS reporters shortly after the squad learned its dreary fate.
The task? Earning -- at minimum -- a win and a draw from three group games against Germany, Ghana and Portugal in order to have a chance of advancing next summer.
Not impossible, but highly unlikely.
Just don't tell U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann that.
"It's a difficult draw, but we'll find a way to get through it," the former German international said.
Klinsmann went on to say Friday that he wanted Brazil in the opening game of the tournament.