Martin Rogers spoke with Bruce Arena, who coached the USA at the last two World Cups, about the challenge his successor, Bob Bradley,
faces at South Africa 2010. The USA's draw with England, Algeria and Slovenia has been considered much easier than the first-round groups Arena faced. The USA succeeded in reaching the second round in
2002 from a group that included Portugal, host South Korea and Poland. But in 2006, it was eliminated after a loss to the Czech Republic, a tie with Italy, and a loss to Ghana.
"Let me forewarn everyone," Arena said. "The draw is one thing, but there is a reason why we actually play the games. Let's not get overconfident. Let's not write the USA into the elimination rounds already. They still have to get it done."
He added, "It was a great draw, no doubt about it. But I have to stress that it doesn't mean as much as people think. Every World Cup you see teams come from nowhere and to create surprises. How often does it really go with the form guide? This is an opportunity, but the team still has to go out there and play to its potential."