Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
USA's best case, worst case
by Mike Woitalla, December 3rd, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[WORLD CUP 2010 DRAW]On Friday, the USA will know which teams it will face in the first round of next summer's World Cup, but FIFA's announcement on Wednesday of the top eight seeds and the distribution of the other 24 teams in the remaining three pots, based on geography, allows speculation on what the best and worst case scenarios are for the Coach Bob Bradley's team.

The USA has had tough draws in its last two World Cups with different results.

In 2006, it was grouped with eventual champion Italy, which it tied, but after falling to the Czech Republic, a semifinalist in the 2004 European Championship, and before being eliminated by African power Ghana.

In 2002, it opened against and upset star-studded tournament favorite Portugal, tied host South Korea and reached the second round despite a loss to Poland.

Two of the four teams in a first-round group will again advance to the knockout stage at the 2010 World Cup. Here are two extreme examples of who the USA might face ... 

WORST CASE
Brazil
USA
Ghana
France 

In the worst-case scenario, the USA is drawn with a seeded team besides host South Africa and ends up facing a strong team from the European group (Pot 4) -- France or Portugal -- and one of the tough African teams on their own continent.

BEST CASE
South Africa
USA
Uruguay
Slovakia

Getting grouped with South Africa isn't just a lucky draw because the Bafana Bafana are so weak. It means that group can't have another African team from Pot 3, but ends up with one of the second-tier South American teams. Uruguay, for example, which earned its World Cup ticket in a tightly contested playoff win over Costa Rica.

Once the balls are all pulled out the pots on Friday, we'll hear which teams end up in the "Group of Death." While the USA is hoping it doesn't end up there, the media of the seeded teams are speculating on their team's worst-case scenarios -- and they include getting grouped with the USA!

THE POTS:

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



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Vicente Del Bosque    
"I have no intention to remain as coach. No matter what the result of the Euros, ...
What They're Saying: Yura Movsisyan    
"I could never repay what they did for me." -- Yura Movsisyan, on Tony Beltran's family, ...
MLS Rookie Watch: Harrison joins race    
Jack Harrison, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, has solidified a starting job ...
U.S. Abroad: Rodriguez moves to Chemnitzer FC    
U.S. U-23 forward Mario Rodriguez, who spent three seasons in the German Regionalliga with Borussia Moenchengladbach ...
MLS Moves: Timbers loan out Asprilla to Colombian club    
Portland's wait for Dairon Asprilla to light up MLS is over. The Timbers announced Thursday a ...
MLS Countdown: NYCFC sharp heading into derby rematch    
Six weeks after the Red Bulls stampeded New York City FC, 7-0, in the first Hudson ...
Euro 2016: Results & schedule    
Belgium will play Wales in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals on Friday. The Red Devils will be ...
Video Pick: The Bundesliga's 10 Strangest Goals    
The folks at the Bundesliga took advantage of the offseason to compile last season's Top 10 ...
Datebook: USA headed to Cuba for friendly in October    
The U.S. men's national team will play a friendly game in Cuba for the first time ...
What They're Saying: Errea export manager Fabrizio Taddei    
"We are working 24/7 with a night shift and so we are every day sending out ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives