With qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the books, we now await the World Cup draw where teams will be selected from their four pots and placed into groups. With the current pot projections, it appears that the United States men’s national team could be in some serious trouble.
In 2010, the United States struggled to escape a weak group, and in next year’s World Cup they will likely have a much tougher road out of the group stage.
There is a 16.4 percent chance that the USMNT could be drawn in to the group of death and it is almost certain that they will land in a group with two teams ranked higher than them. They would need to play their best soccer in order to get out of the group and upset one of the power teams.
Here is a look at some of the nightmare scenarios for the USMNT, via Business Insider:
Groups are determined by taking a team from each of the pots at a random draw. The pots are expected to look like this:
There was plenty of excitement when the United States qualified for the World Cup, but they could easily find themselves struggling to advance and in one of the toughest groups in the tournament.
Of course, the United States could put together a miracle run even if they land in a tough group, but it isn’t looking good.