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USA placed in weakest pot
by Paul Kennedy, December 2nd, 2009 7AM

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[WORLD CUP 2010 DRAW] As expected, the FIFA Organizing Committee chose to use geography to place the 24 unseeded teams in three pots for Friday's World Cup Draw in Cape Town, South Africa. That means the USA and Concacaf rivals Mexico and Honduras were placed in the weakest pot -- Pot 2 -- with the four Asian finalists and Oceania champion New Zealand.

The seeding was based on the October 2009 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. (The Netherlands edged France for the eighth seed.)

Draw rules: No two teams from the same confederation will be drawn in the same group (except European teams, where a maximum of two will be in a group). For example, South Africa cannot play the African teams from Pot 3, and Argentina and Brazil cannot be drawn against the three remaining South American teams.

Pot 1 (seeds):

South Africa (A1)
Germany
Brazil
Italy
Spain
England
Argentina
Netherlands

Pot 2 (Asia, Oceania and CONCACAF):
Japan
South Korea
North Korea
Australia
New Zealand
USA
Mexico
Honduras

Pot 3 (Africa and South America):
Ivory Coast
Ghana
Cameroon
Nigeria
Algeria
Paraguay
Chile
Uruguay

Pot 4 (Europe):
France
Portugal
Slovenia
Switzerland
Greece
Serbia
Denmark
Slovakia


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