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World Cup will be a huge test for U.S.

World Cup will be a huge test for U.S.

Michael Parkhurst was still playing in the German Bundesliga in December when the pairings for this summer's World Cup were announced. And he remembers few of his teammates at FC Augsburg felt the need to hide their feelings about a draw that placed powerful Germany in the same group as the U.S.

"Guys on the team were talking about the group and I just got the feeling that, basically, they still don't think that we can get a victory against a team like Germany in a World Cup," says Parkhurst, who played all 90 minutes for the U.S. national team in Saturday's 2-0 exhibition win over South Korea at StubHub Center.

That's a common view in Europe, where U.S. soccer still...