The draw is over. The results are in. And the US has a real shot at making out of the group stage. Here are the groups:
Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece
Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Ivory Coast, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile
Let me rephrase what I said above: we have no excuse not to make it out of our group. I’m not saying it will be easy, but anything less will certainly be a failure.
Group of death? We’re going to have to say Group D–Germany, Australia, Serbia, and Ghana. All of these teams would have legitimate shots of moving on from average groups–two are going home after three games. The other contender is Group G–Brazil, Korea DPR, Ivory Coast, and Portugal. Korea DPR are the obvious weak link, but Brazil is arguably the best team in the world, Ivory Coast is a dark-horse favorite and the best team out of Pot 3, and Portugal are the highest ranked unseeded team. Expect fireworks from that group.
The USA kick off the World Cup on June 12th against England. That’s all for now. Everybody take a deep sigh of relief.