Walking out of the 2006 World Cup Draw in Germany, Bruce Arena knew that the United States’ tournament was over before it even started.
Despite boasting a strong side that would climb into the top ten of the FIFA World Rankings, Arena knew that the draw had spit out an impossible task for the USA.
It was clear to the coach that the size and physicality of the formidable Czech Republic would leave the US reeling, and the athleticism of African side Ghana would present problems as well. A matchup with eventual champion Italy spoke for itself.
Draw Day was Doomsday for…