December 5th, 2009

us soccer

World Cup Draw

Disturbingly easy draw for USA... England (okay, challenging, but also the first game against a notoriously slow starting Cup team that they don't even have to beat to advance), Slovenia (probably the weakest European team to advance) and Algeria (same for Africa).

Not only that, they don't play any of the four top teams until the semis, no matter what (Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Italy). And, they've had success in South Africa (that surprising upset of Spain this year in the Federations Cup). And...

...Well, expectations are high. And that's not good. Here's hoping, though.

Japan wasn't quite so lucky, but missed getting stuck in a particularly tough group.

[ETA: Nate Silver gives team USA a 48% chance of advancing.]
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