World Cup Draw Announced

England v USA - International Friendly

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.

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  • My thoughts:
    Good draw for America, but I was very angry that France got South Africa. After they didn't deserve to get in, they have a free ticket. The group of death(GOD) will be great.
    I CANT WAIT FOR SOUTH AFRICA!

  • Good observations and the brackets are helpful too. Between what you and Ives, there is a mighty amount of coverage.

  • I just watched a replay of the draw. I'm curious how Ivory Coast went to Group G. Nigeria was placed in B because it couldn't be in the same group as South Africa. When the Ivory Coast was drawn next, I would have thought it would go to Group C. All I can think of is that, after Argentina's group got filled, they decided they had to fill Brazil's group.

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