To say the U.S. got a tough draw at the 2006 World Cup would be an understatement. Paired with European heavyweights Italy and the Czech Republic and African upstart Ghana, the Americans struggled in Germany and finished a disappointing fourth place in their group.
But it was a different story this time around for the U.S., who was favorably paired with England, Algeria and Slovenia in Friday morning's World Cup draw.
The U.S. will face England in their first match, which will occur on June 12th - the second day of the tournament.
"You look forward to big challenges and we're certainly looking forward to England," U.S. Head Coach Bob Bradley told ESPN's Jeremy Schapp. But there are plenty of other stories besides the American's situation, most notably the undisputed Group of Death: Group G. Composed of Brazil, Ivory Coast, Portugal and North Korea, Group G will spell disaster for one of the tournament's so-called 'big boys.'
Groups B and D stick out from the six remaining groups in the tournament. Group B, headed by Argentina, also features Nigeria, Greece and South Korea, all talented sides that could make some noise in the tournament. Group D also features four solid sides, with Germany, Australia, Serbia (look for them to make some noise...) and Ghana looking to claim one of the two spots to the next round.
Here are the full listings of all the groups:
Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B: Argentina, South Korea, Nigeria, Greece
Group C: England, United States, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Ghana, Serbia
Group E: Netherlands, Japan, Cameroon, Denmark
Group F: Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile
You can [click here for a link to the knockout stage bracket](http://soccernet.espn.go.com/worldcup/bracket?year=2010&cc=5901). I'll have much, much more on the World Cup over the next 6-7 months but for now I'm content enjoying what has to be one of the best draws ever for an American team.