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December 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

The World Cup draw (UPDATED)

David Beckham is everywhere, isn’t he?
Ideally, the U.S. wanted Group A and South Africa, but the Yanks were chosen to Group C and are in the same group as England. Why does Sams Army and Alexi Lalas (or those folks in New York) want England so bad? Is it a colonial thing? I personally love the matchup, this is a good thing for U.S. Soccer. Can you imagine if the U.S. actually beats England how that’s going to go over across the pond?
England, Algeria, Slovenia and the U.S. in Group C. U.S. definitely has a shot to advance out of that group.
UPDATE: A reader, Doritto99, sent me the link to this ESPN quick analysis of the draw, which has Slovenia and England advancing and not the U.S. out of that group. I disagree, I think the Americans will. As Hacksaw Hamilton would say, “REACTION!”
Mexico scored big by getting into the same group as South Africa and will open the Cup group play against the host nation. I’ll take El Tri in that one. Mexico’s group also has Uruguay and France. I see El Tri advancing out of that group, in fact France needed a gift to get in so Mexico has a shot to win Group A.
Honduras is in Group H with Spain and Chile and Switzerland. Pobre Catrachos! I’ll pull for them though because it’s CONCACAF unity, right?
Good draws overall for the U.S. and Mexico. Neither are in a “group of death.”

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