The U.S. men's national team avoided being drawn into a Group of Death, and will now face a very favorable path in the 2010 World Cup.
The Americans were drawn against a strong England side, but the rest of Group C is filled out with beatable opponents Algeria and Slovenia to give the U.S. team what is arguably the easiest draw it has ever faced in a World Cup.
Algeria and Slovenia aren't exactly pushovers on par with New Zealand. Both won tough playoffs to reach the World Cup, with Algeria beating Egypt and Slovenia knocking off a strong Russian squad.
Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal will square off in what is widely regarded as the toughest group (Group G), with poor North Korea attempting to knock off the three powerhouses, while Group D, with Germany, Serbia, Ghana and Australia, is another tough group.
Here are all eight groups of the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- GROUP A- South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
- GROUP B- Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, 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, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal
- GROUP H- Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile
The United States will open on June 12 against England (Rustenburg), then face Slovenia on June 18 (Johannesburg), with the final group match coming on June 23rd vs. Algeria (Pretoria). Here is the complete schedule for the World Cup.
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