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.