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  1. HoboMike
    June 20, 2014

    But I thought Switzerland was ranked #7? How are they squeaking by Ecuador and getting run by France?

    • FulhamDC
      June 20, 2014

      Amazing isn’t it? It’s almost like the Swiss got extra points just because FIFA’s President is Swiss. Shocking!

    • slowleftarm
      June 20, 2014

      The way the draw was done was such a joke. Besides have Switzerland seeded, seeding the remaining teams by region, rather than how good they are resulted in some unbalanced groups. The US should have been a #2 seed if it had been done properly but instead they got the kind of draw a #4 would have expected.

  2. Clover362
    June 20, 2014

    This will never get fixed, and even if Concacaf does amazing at this world cup (3 in the round of 16, 2 in the quarters) FIFA will simply change the rules to make sure a concacaf team does not get seeded in Russia.

  3. quozzel
    June 20, 2014

    How it looks if we advance (obviously still a ton of work left to do here)…BUT….

    If we win the group, we probably draw Russia, or (outside chance), Greece in the Round of 16. If we win, next up in the quarterfinals would almost certainly be France. If we get by that…we’d probably face the winner of a likely Colombia/Brazil battle.

    If we finish second, we almost certainly draw Belgium in the Round of 16. If we beat the Belgians, next up in the quarterfinals would almost certainly be Argentina. If we somehow survive all that, it gets interesting…since the top-right of the bracket is pretty weak. The teams who look the best who look to be headed to that particular bracket are Chile and Costa Rica.

    No such thing as an “easy” draw no matter which way it falls unless Argentina or France are kind enough to get upset in the Round of 16.

    • espada
      June 20, 2014

      There is NO chance we win that group because of Germany. I chose Holland to top Group B because I think both Chile and Holland will play to a draw, with Holland getting first based on goal difference. I actually prefer the US to be second because we get to face the Belgians, which may be winnable if they play like they did against Algeria. Then think of the storyline once we are pitted against Messi and co… but one can only speculate (and dream).

  4. mario
    June 20, 2014

    I’m baffled how Giroud didn’t get sent off. An unnecessary boot at face level that affects von Bergen’s vision is the definition of “endangering your opponent’s safety.” Would have been a very different game if not for leniency.

    (Refereeing was extremely inconsistent throughout, for everyone–not a good game by the officials in general.)

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