Not only that, they don't play any of the four top teams until the semis, no matter what (Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Italy). And, they've had success in South Africa (that surprising upset of Spain this year in the Federations Cup). And...
...Well, expectations are high. And that's not good. Here's hoping, though.
Japan wasn't quite so lucky, but missed getting stuck in a particularly tough group.
[ETA: Nate Silver gives team USA a 48% chance of advancing.]