We always hear (and say) that after making the final 8 we can't count on being overlooked and we wont be taken lightly at this world cup, etc. However, i think we overestimate our reputation. In the BBC world cup summary they predict for us "Unlikely to make much of an impression." Even Ghana (and almost every other team) gets a more positive forcast. Then tonght on this dubbed South American show on GolTV they were interviewing Pele about all the groups. About our group he said (paraphrasing) "Everybody of course expects the US to be the weakest team in the group but they are not that bad." So I'm thinking, of course we wont be overlooked by our opposition. Teams take every world cup game seriously. However, I do think teams still vastly underrate us and that could STILL work to our advantage. I hope the czechs and italians agree with pele that the US will be the weakest in the group and spend more time preparing for Ghana than us.