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2014 FIFA World Cup draw news: pots to be known Tuesday

Dec 2, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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If we’re guessing, there is no reason to believe the United States and three other World Cup qualifiers from CONCACAF will not be in a pot with Asian teams when FIFA announces its official World Cup draw procedures.

As of tomorrow, we can stop guessing.

According to U.S. Soccer, FIFA will announce details on Tuesday of how this week’s draw will be conducted.

The technical procedures aren’t as important as revealing the makeup of the “pots,” which we might call “pools” in this country. Whatever your chosen vernacular, these are the four collections from which the 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups. Here is a good look at the draw, its perils and its history from SI.Com.

The important point here from the United States fan perspective is that the U.S. is likely to fall into the lesser regarded bunch from Asia (four teams), along with the teams from North and Central America (four teams). The total number of teams (8) and the relative strength makes it look way too logical to fiddle with.

(MORE: U.S. to meet Korea Republic, plus January camp dates revealed)

It’s important because the United States will be the powerhouse of that bunch, which will include Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia. While everyone else will hope not to land in a group with the United States, the United States will lament the sad fact that it will not get to face one of the weaker sides in the opening round next year in Brazil.

  1. talgrath - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Let’s be honest here, the groups aren’t the best way to sort things out, but they aren’t bad. No matter how you set it up, there’s potentially going to be a tough group to advance out of for the USMNT. If you just do it completely randomly, you might wind up with the top 3 and the USMNT. Do it in a way similar to the NCAA March Madness where top ranked faces bottom ranked and the USMNT is squarely in the center, a difficult proposition in which the result should theoretically be about even to a coin toss. The only real way for the USMNT to get a soft group regularly (aside from a rigged process designed to give them a soft group) is to move CONCACAF in with COMMEBOL, the problem is that in the overall picture that essentially creates a top-middle pot and a mostly garbage pot of Africa and Asia, and that still could create a group of death if you pull Ghana from the low pot, the USMNT, a top European team from the Euro pot and the any of the top seeds from the top seeds + host pot. The bottom line is this, if the USMNT really is the top of their pot, the best in North America or Asia, then they can beat anyone on any day; and we have seen that they can. If the USMNT draws a tough group, so be it; if they lose then the can say “hey, we lost to the best” and if they win…well that will get some heads turning worldwide. Am I the only one zen around here?

    • agentofn0thing - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      We will not be in a group of death with them stop much as they will be in a group of death with us!

  2. nextmanup81 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Amen brutha, loved your post!

  3. herogoesallin - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    lets be honest. the us team is the weakest at the wc

    • braxtonrob - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      @herogoes, Why are you being absurd?! Of course the US is not the weakest. (They won their CONCACAF group FCOL.)

      I can easily rattle off 8 other teams that the US could handle very succinctly, and whereas which teams those are is debatable, what is not debatable is that 8 out of the 31 remaining teams definitely exist below the US’ ability.

      (Some will argue that the US will perform 2-3x better than that total, and I wouldn’t get in line to argue with them, I believe they have a potentially strong argument.)

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