FIFA Announces "Pots" for World Cup Draw

The draw for the 2010 World Cup might be two days away, but FIFA got the process started this morning when they announced the four, eight team pots that will determine the results of Friday's draw.

Each World Cup group will consist of one team from each pot. Here's a full list of the teams in each pot:

Pot 1 (Seeded Teams): South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Spain, England, Holland, Argentina

Pot 2 (Asia, Oceania, North/Central America): Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Mexico, Honduras

Pot 3 (Africa and South America): Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay

Pot 4 (Europe): France, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, Greece, Slovakia, Denmark, Serbia The pots leaves the U.S. in a bit of a sticky situation in regards to the draw. The Americans will be hoping (along with everyone else) to be drawn into South Africa's group and avoid the more high-powered seeded squads.

The worst case scenario for the Americans would involve getting paired with anyone not named South Africa from Pot 1, the Ivory Coast from Pot 3 and France from Pot 4. Should the Yanks be placed into that "Group of Death," you can pretty much kiss any chance they have of advancing past the group stage good bye.

You can watch the draw unfold live at 11 a.m. central time on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com.

The Fire will be hosting a watch party for the draw at the Globe Pub beginning at 11 a.m. Friday. Technical Director Frank Klopas will be in attendance at the Globe. I might be making an appearance at the watch party as well, so come on out and be sure to say hello if you see me.

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  • Klopas + Globe + Cup = globe burger + duvels or coronas + good times. Hope to see you there.

  • I have a terrible feeling about Friday. Im picturing something like Spain, US, Nigeria, Greece.

  • I have to go to school, so I can't go. I'm going to watch it on 360 with my friends after, though. I'm praying today that we get South Africa, Algeria, and Slovenia. Then I would know this is our year.

  • You can't get South Africa and Algeria because the Bafana Bafana can't draw a second African team. You'd have to hope for a South American team from Pot 3. Uruguay is probably the best bet because they had to go to the playoff. If we don't get S.A., I'd like to see us face a Maradona-led Argentina.

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