BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, August 1, 2011
Over the weekend the US national team learned of its preliminary draw for 2014 World Cup qualifying.

The US was draw into Group A along with Jamaica. The other two teams in Group A will consist of the winners of two lower groups with the odds on favorites being Guatemala and Haiti.

Also in the CONCACAF region, Mexico and Costa Rica were drawn together and the favorites to round out their group are El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.

Honduras and Cuba were the final pairing and their group will potentially include Canada and Panama.

The top two teams from each of the three groups will then be draw into a hexagonal group with the top three teams qualifying for the World Cup and the fourth place team entering into a playoff with the Oceania winner.

The US will enter into World Cup qualifying next summer with a new head coach in Jurgen Klinsmann and the team will be aiming to qualify for their seventh straight World Cup.
Monday August 1, 2011 2:38 pm
Mexico definitely got screwed! They're playing so well right now that it might not matter. The US group is probably the easiest group. Then again, England thought they had the easiest group at the 2010 world cup . . .
Monday August 1, 2011 1:39 pm
Mexico got screwed!... not that I will be shedding a tear.

Different format than last time around. Everyone had to play a play-in game last time around. This is a better format.

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