The United States national team know what it's like to face a Group of Death at a major tournament- they played Germany, Portugal and Ghana at the 2014 World Cup. Now they will have to use that knowledge as they drew Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay for the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
Colombia broke out on the international stage at the World Cup two years ago, with Real Madrid's James Rodriguez winning the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals. But despite the momentum gained from that quarterfinals appearance, Los Cafeteros have been unable to find their form of late. They were a disappointment at the 2015 Copa America and are only ahead of Venezuela, Peru and Bolivia in the current CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers.
US manager Jurgen Klinsmann came off as confident while talking to Bleacher Report's Joe Tansey.
"We played them one-and-a-half years ago in London, and we had them right on the edge and then we gave an easy goal away at the end of the game, but it was an even game for 90 minutes," Klinsmann remarked.
Colombia might not even be the toughest opponent in Group A. Costa Rica, who also played well at the World Cup, was also drawn. Los Ticos will likely have Rodriguez's teammate Keylor Navas in goal, as well as multiple other stars playing in top European leagues.
Paraguay are no slouch, either. They took seven points from four games to start WC qualifying, tied with Brazil and more than Argentina and Chile. While they have to be considered the weak link in the group, they can't be taken lightly.
Here are the full groups:
United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay
Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Peru
Mexico, Uruguay, Jamaica, Venezuela
Argentina, Chile, Panama, Bolivia
Houston's NRG Stadium will host Group A and Group C matches, while Philadelphia, Orlando, Foxborough, Santa Clara, Chicago, Pasadena, Seattle, Glendale and East Rutherford will also have games.