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2014 World Cup Simulator: One last time, lets fret over how hard it’ll be for USA

Dec 5, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Okay, this is it. For real now.

With just over 24 hours to go until the FIFA blokes in Brazil fondle a few plastic balls in a glass vase and either shatter or ignite the dreams of entire nations across the globe, the draw for the 2014 World Cup is almost upon us.

Throughout the qualification process, we’ve had this nifty little simulator to try and predict who will play who and which group the USA and every other nation will be placed in. Now all the seeds and pots are confirmed, this tool has a lot more weight and the World Cup dream has suddenly become a lot more real.

(MORE: 2014 World Cup draw simulator – USMNT destined for tough group)

So, for one last time before all the waiting is over, it’s time to spend the next day or so breaking down the permutations and clicking that all important “simulate draw” button on this fantastic World Cup draw simulator.

I’ve warned you before that this thing is highly addictive, so don’t come running to me if you get in trouble with your boss or the family for excessive amounts of World Cup draw procrastination…

That said, I couldn’t resist giving it three more tries before the WC draw tomorrow. Needless to say, I’m still unsure as to quite how the USA will fare. It will be tough, but as you can see from the results below, there is hope for Klinsmann’s men.

Give it a go, you won’t regret it.

FIRST TRY – There is hope…

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SECOND TRY – Uh oh….

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THIRD AND FINAL TRY – Um, that’s even worse…

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  1. normanbrennen - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I am already anticipating the worst…will he a pleasant surprise if we catch a break

  2. hildezero - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    My first was Switzerland, Russia, and Ecuador. My second was Switzerland, Cameroon, and Croatia. I think it’s safe to say that US Soccer will be with Russia.

  3. hildezero - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    *and Switzerland.

  4. billobrienschindimple - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    First go at it was Brazil, Portugal, and Italy. Yikes.

    Belgium, Chile, and England on the second go.

    Argentina, Cameroon, and Greece in go 3. There may be hope.

  5. redbaronx - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    I agree with Klinsmann. The US shouldn’t care about the draw. At this level there are no easy groups, and if the US ever wants to win a World Cup we have to field teams that are capable of playing any top team in the World. There are no weak teams anymore. USA is in good hands with Klinsmann and he’s not only a great coach, but he’s been there as a player and that is a winners mentality. I hope Klinsmann remains the US coach for a long time and continues our growth through 2018.

  6. ws0001 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    It would be near impossible for the US to get into a group that is not daunting. Part of this is that all five South American teams advanced out of the group in 2010, and this tournament is on their home continent. The other major part that qualifying mostly played to form in the non-round robin confederations. Asia is sending four of its five Pot 1 teams from the 2011 draw, which was not the case in 2010 when North Korea ended up qualifying. North America is sending four of its originally seeded top six from the beginning of qualifying. Africa is sending five of its ten Pot 1 teams form its second round draw. Ethiopia was the only team from a lower group to get to the third round playoff round, so for the most part they even played down their best. For comparison sake, South Africa and Algeria were not in the top Pot at the beginning of 2010 qualifying. Eight of the nine Pot 1 teams from Europe qualified with the remaining five coming from Pots 2 and 3. In 2010, Slovakia came from Pot D(4) and Slovenia came from Pot E(5). Trying to manufacture a “Group of Life” this time around is much more difficult. Switzerland is not a super power, but in addition to beating the weak qualifying slate put in front of them have beaten Brazil (friendly), Germany (friendly), Croatia (friendly), and drawn with Greece (friendly), Netherlands (friendly), and England over the past couple years. Belgium is not a historic power, but they have a great generation of players and are going to be dangerous.

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