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World Cup Draw: United States in Pot Three

Dec 3, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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The allocation of pots for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Final Draw were determined today with the United States Men’s National Team placed into Pot Three.

Joining the US in the unseeded Pot Three are Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras.

While news of which pot the US were placed in comes as no surprise, it serves to confirm the Yanks’ chances of being drawn into a potential Group of Death as Pots One, Two and Four are stacked with talent (see all pots, below).

FIFA will hold the Final Draw this Friday in Bahia.

(MORE: The very worst case scenario for the United States)

As expected, England has been placed in Pot Four, with eight other European sides for the draw in Brazil. Before Friday’s draw, however, one of those European teams will be moved to Pot Two. That European team will then be drawn against one of the four seeded South American teams (Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina) to preserve the geographical balance of the draw. The three teams not drawn against the European team in Pot 2 will return to the main draw.

The Final Draw will be organized so that there will be no more than two European teams in any group of four countries.

Pot One: Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay

Pot Two: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador

Pot Three: US, Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras

Pot Four: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia

  1. futbolhistorian - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Switzerland, Algeria and Bosnia …. or Brazil, Ghana, and Holland/Italy. Which will it be?

  2. player169 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    (Brazil/Germany/Spain), Chile, Netherlands seems like worst case to me…

    • bostonredsoccer - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      I think you can’t have both Brazil AND Chile in the same group.

  3. drewvt6 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Not sure why everyone is terrified of which group we end up in. It’s the World Cup, if we can’t get results against good teams, why are we there?

    • joeyt360 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      We’re clearly better than several teams in the World Cup. But half of ‘em are in our group.

  4. drewvt6 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Not sure why everyone is terrified of which group we end up in. It’s the World Cup, if we can’t get results against good teams, why are we there?

    • braxtonrob - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      @drew, Good point!

    • joeyt360 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      We’re clearly better than several teams in the World Cup. But half of ‘em are in our pot, and there’s no getting around it, that sucks.

  5. braxtonrob - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Maybe I’m crazy … but Pot 4 doesn’t scare me. They have to travel to our hemisphere and play in a region of the world where they almost never play; good luck with THAT.

  6. braxtonrob - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    If the US draw –

    Columbia
    Algeria
    Portugal

    we’ll be playing three team we’ve already beaten in previous WC’s.
    (I like the fact of that.)

    • joeyt360 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Interesting factoid. . . I believe that since 1994, we’ve gotten a result against our highest rated opponent 4 out of 5 times (exception being ’98, when we lost to Germany. The rest of them are ’94-Colombia, 2002-Portugal, 2006-Italy, and 2010-England).

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