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2013-09-06 10:08:42 AM
This weekend, there will be a huge number of World Cup qualifiers, as we come close to figuring out the 32 teams that will play in Brazil. Today there are 25 European, 4 South American, and 3 North American qualifiers. There is also the first leg of the final Asian home-and-away qualifier, and the beginning of the last matchday in Africa; between now and Tuesday, 20 African matches take place.
In Europe, there are 4 matchdays left: Today, Tuesday, and two in October. After that, group winners qualify, and all but one group runner-up advance to home-and-away play-offs. No team can fully clinch a World Cup berth today.
In the Americas (North and South), there are 4 matchdays left. In the North, 3 teams qualify and a fourth goes to face New Zealand. In the South, 4 teams qualify and a fifth plays either Jordan or Uzbekistan. USA can clinch a berth with a win and lots of help. I'm pretty sure no South American team can fully clinch a World Cup berth today. Argentina is one point away from a berth, but they have the bye today.
In Africa, each of the ten semifinal groups has one matchday left. After this weekend, the winners will be paired off into five home-and-aways for the 5 African berths in Brazil. These teams have already advanced: Ivory Coast (C), Egypt (G), Algeria (H). In Groups B, D, F, I, and J, the top two teams are playing a deciding game. In Groups A and E, both remaining games could affect the outcome. Only those nine games (which affect the selection of advancing teams) are shown below, and only one of them is today.

Already qualified: Brazil (host); Australia, Iran, Japan, [South] Korea (Asia).

US ET Reg'n Home-Away | what's at state / (why) do we care? | Bold games are on some US TV channel
10:30 Eur F RUS v LUX | RUS 2 back of POR with game in hand
11:00 Eur C KAZ v FAR | both teams nearly eliminated
12:00 Afr D GHA v ZAM | winner advances; GHA if draw
12:00 Eur B CZE v ARM | CZE 9, ARM 6; leaders 14 and 10 with 4 left [ESPN DEP]
12:00 Asi P JOR v UZB | first game of home-and-away; winner plays South America #5
13:00 Eur A MKD v WAL | both teams eliminated with CRO win
13:00 Eur E NOR v CYP | NOR 2 back of 2nd with 4 left
14:00 Eur B MLT v DEN | DEN 4 back of 2nd with 4 left
14:00 Eur D ROU v HUN | HUN 11, ROU 10 fighting for 2nd with 4 left
14:00 Eur D TUR v AND | TUR 4 back of 2nd with 4 left
14:00 Eur H UKR v SMR | UKR 1 back of 2nd with 4 left
14:10 Eur G LTV v LTU | both teams on life support, 9 & 8 back of 2nd
14:15 Eur G BIH v SVK | BIH leads by 3; SVK 4 back of 2nd
14:15 Eur I GEO v FRA | FRA 2nd, 1 back of ESP with 3 left
14:30 Eur D EST v NED | NED leads group by 7 points
14:30 Eur E SVN v ALB | ALB 2nd, 1 ahead of ISL
14:30 Eur E SUI v ISL | SUI leads by 4, ISL 1 back of 2nd
14:30 Eur I FIN v ESP | ESP 1st, 1 ahead of FRA with 3 left [ESPN DEP]
14:45 Eur A SRB v CRO | CRO 2nd, 3 back of BEL with 3 left
14:45 Eur B ITA v BUL | ITA leads BUL by 4 with 4 left
14:45 Eur C GER v AUT | AUT tied for 2nd; GER leads by 5 [UNI?]
14:45 Eur C IRL v SWE | IRL and SWE tied with AUT for 2nd [GOL TV]

14:45 Eur F NIR v POR | POR leads RUS by 2 after extra game
14:45 Eur G LIE v GRE | GRE 2nd, 3 back of BIH and 4 ahead of SVK
14:45 Eur H POL v MNE | MNE leads ENG by 2 after extra game
15:00 Eur A SCO v BEL | BEL leads CRO by 3 with 3 left
15:00 Eur H ENG v MDA | ENG 2nd, 2 back of MNE with game in hand [FS-1]
16:30 SAmer COL v ECU | COL 2nd, 23; ECU 3rd, 21 [beIN SPORT]
18:30 SAmer PAR v BOL | PAR 9th, 8; BOL 8th, 10 [beIN SPORT]

20:30 SAmer CHI v VEN | CHI 4th, 21; VEN 6th, 16
21:30 NCA/C MEX v HON | MEX 3rd, 8; HON 4th, 7 [ESPNEWS]
22:00 NCA/C CRC v USA | CRC 2nd, 11; USA 1st, 13 [beIN SPORT]

22:00 NCA/C PAN v JAM | PAN 5th, 6; JAM 6th, 2
22:30 SAmer PER v URU | PER 7th, 14; URU 5th, 16

Here is the one European game from this matchday being played tomorrow, plus the other 8 relevant African games scattered over the next few days. A new list will be provided on Tuesday for the Sept. 10 qualifiers in Europe and the Americas.
Day US ET Reg'n Home-Away | what's at state / (why) do we care?
Sat 09:30 Afr A CTA v ETH | ETH advances with win
Sat 09:30 Afr A RSA v BOT | RSA advances with win and ETH loss/draw; BOT advances with win and ETH loss
Sat 11:00 Afr F NGA v MWI | winner advances; NGA if draw
Sat 11:30 Afr E BFA v GAB | BFA advances with win and CGO loss/draw; GAB needs with and CGO loss totaling 4+ margin
Sat 11:30 Afr E NIG v CGO | CGO advances with win
Sat 13:45 Eur F ISR v AZE | ISR 3rd, 1 back of RUS with 3 left
Sat 14:45 Afr B TUN v CPV | winner advances; TUN if draw
Sat 16:00 Afr J SEN v UGA | winner advances; SEN if draw
Sun 10:30 Afr I CMR v LBY | winner advances; CMR if draw
 
2013-09-06 10:15:41 AM
Imagine the outcry if the US pulled the same shiat Costa Rica is doing leading to the game. Snarling traffic, withholding practice balls and training grounds, etc. Costa Rica has a good team, how about cutting the shiat and just playing the game?
 
2013-09-06 10:19:05 AM
There's a Mexican referee, the US is playing Mexico next, and 8 American players have one yellow already.

There are going to be more cards than a blackjack table today. Thanks, CONCACAF.
 
2013-09-06 10:19:26 AM

RminusQ: This weekend, there will be a huge number of World Cup qualifiers, as we come close to figuring out the 32 teams that will play in Brazil. Today there are 25 European, 4 South American, and 3 North American qualifiers. There is also the first leg of the final Asian home-and-away qualifier, and the beginning of the last matchday in Africa; between now and Tuesday, 20 African matches take place.
In Europe, there are 4 matchdays left: Today, Tuesday, and two in October. After that, group winners qualify, and all but one group runner-up advance to home-and-away play-offs. No team can fully clinch a World Cup berth today.
In the Americas (North and South), there are 4 matchdays left. In the North, 3 teams qualify and a fourth goes to face New Zealand. In the South, 4 teams qualify and a fifth plays either Jordan or Uzbekistan. USA can clinch a berth with a win and lots of help. I'm pretty sure no South American team can fully clinch a World Cup berth today. Argentina is one point away from a berth, but they have the bye today.
In Africa, each of the ten semifinal groups has one matchday left. After this weekend, the winners will be paired off into five home-and-aways for the 5 African berths in Brazil. These teams have already advanced: Ivory Coast (C), Egypt (G), Algeria (H). In Groups B, D, F, I, and J, the top two teams are playing a deciding game. In Groups A and E, both remaining games could affect the outcome. Only those nine games (which affect the selection of advancing teams) are shown below, and only one of them is today.

Already qualified: Brazil (host); Australia, Iran, Japan, [South] Korea (Asia).

US ET Reg'n Home-Away | what's at state / (why) do we care? | Bold games are on some US TV channel
10:30 Eur F RUS v LUX | RUS 2 back of POR with game in hand
11:00 Eur C KAZ v FAR | both teams nearly eliminated
12:00 Afr D GHA v ZAM | winner advances; GHA if draw
12:00 Eur B CZE v ARM | CZE 9, ARM 6; leaders 14 and 10 with 4 left [ESPN DEP]
12:00 Asi P JOR v UZB ...


Thank you and well done.  There is something admirable about your compilation, fellow footy nerd.
 
2013-09-06 10:22:41 AM
Apparently the top two goal scorers from the UEFA qualifying matches are both from Bosnia and Herzegovina. They play Slovakia today. I think I'll be watching.
 
2013-09-06 10:36:16 AM

Gonz: There's a Mexican referee, the US is playing Mexico next, and 8 American players have one yellow already.

There are going to be more cards than a blackjack table today. Thanks, CONCACAF.


CONCACAF thinking that the FA's predilection for Howard Webb MU games is a damn good plan. Look at the publicity they get!
 
2013-09-06 10:39:55 AM
Did you see that ludicrous display last night?
 
2013-09-06 10:45:24 AM
Are there any big surprises at this point?  Big teams that look close to not making it?
 
2013-09-06 10:49:24 AM

Gonz: There's a Mexican referee, the US is playing Mexico next, and 8 American players have one yellow already.

There are going to be more cards than a blackjack table today. Thanks, CONCACAF.


I'll be happy with just a draw out of that hellhole.
 
2013-09-06 10:49:49 AM

Princip's Sandwich: Gonz: There's a Mexican referee, the US is playing Mexico next, and 8 American players have one yellow already.

There are going to be more cards than a blackjack table today. Thanks, CONCACAF.

CONCACAF thinking that the FA's predilection for Howard Webb MU games is a damn good plan. Look at the publicity they get!


Webb just makes sure MU has enough time to win. "6 minutes of stoppage... and we can stretch that out to 8 if we need to."

This is more along the lines of Koman "Not On My Watch" Coulibaly.
 
2013-09-06 10:52:14 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Are there any big surprises at this point?  Big teams that look close to not making it?


Mexico is struggling, but would have to continue to fark up in order to miss out. Some standard African powers (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon) are playing loser-go-home games. In Europe, Czechs are on the outside looking in, England and France may have to go through play-offs.
 
2013-09-06 10:57:23 AM

RminusQ: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Are there any big surprises at this point?  Big teams that look close to not making it?

Mexico is struggling, but would have to continue to fark up in order to miss out. Some standard African powers (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon) are playing loser-go-home games. In Europe, Czechs are on the outside looking in, England and France may have to go through play-offs.


Mexico's other problem is that they're already done playing Jamaica while every one else gets one more crack at them. Presuming those all result in 3 points for everyone else, and Mexico is one bad loss or home draw away from being in serious trouble
 
2013-09-06 11:11:59 AM
The Costa Rican team is still butthurt.

Of course, they wouldn't be acting as big of dicks as they are if they were confident they could just....you know, beat the US team.
 
2013-09-06 11:13:26 AM

bearcats1983: Imagine the outcry if the US pulled the same shiat Costa Rica is doing leading to the game. Snarling traffic, withholding practice balls and training grounds, etc. Costa Rica has a good team, how about cutting the shiat and just playing the game?


I know, right.

What the US should do is the next time the US play Costa Rica it should be in, say, Denver during a snow storm.
 
2013-09-06 11:19:51 AM

dartben: RminusQ: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Are there any big surprises at this point?  Big teams that look close to not making it?

Mexico is struggling, but would have to continue to fark up in order to miss out. Some standard African powers (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon) are playing loser-go-home games. In Europe, Czechs are on the outside looking in, England and France may have to go through play-offs.

Mexico's other problem is that they're already done playing Jamaica while every one else gets one more crack at them. Presuming those all result in 3 points for everyone else, and Mexico is one bad loss or home draw away from being in serious trouble


Mexico basically just needs to stay ahead of Panama or Honduras, and at worst they'd play New Zealand. Mexico has the advantage of being yet to play both of those teams at home. It's not implausible for them to collapse out of Brazil, but they would need to keep farking up. Worth noting: they haven't actually lost a game yet.
 
2013-09-06 11:20:01 AM
US Soccer should file complaints with CONCACAF over Costa Rica's conduct this week. FFS, the Mexicans don't treat us that badly. It's ridiculous.

And if complaints don't work; the next time Costa Rica plays up here, we force them to practice on a damn farm... in January... in International Falls, Minnesota.
 
2013-09-06 11:27:36 AM

desertgeek: US Soccer should file complaints with CONCACAF over Costa Rica's conduct this week. FFS, the Mexicans don't treat us that badly. It's ridiculous.


I'm going to have to rethink my personal "situationally racist" rules. I normally only allow myself to go into "fark these people and their entire shiathole country" mode when we're playing Mexico in el Estadio Azteca.
 
2013-09-06 11:40:06 AM
Russia already up 1-0 on Luxembourg
 
2013-09-06 11:42:17 AM
RUS-LUX

GOAL! What a start by Russia, scoring inside 20 seconds in Kazan! Alexander KERZHAKOV (RUS) nods down to Alexander KOKORIN (RUS), who deftly lofts the ball over Jonathan JOUBERT (LUX) and into the gaping net.


LOL-xembourg
 
2013-09-06 11:49:34 AM

RminusQ: RUS-LUX

GOAL! What a start by Russia, scoring inside 20 seconds in Kazan! Alexander KERZHAKOV (RUS) nods down to Alexander KOKORIN (RUS), who deftly lofts the ball over Jonathan JOUBERT (LUX) and into the gaping net.

LOL-xembourg


It's no Real Madrid making a backpass so bad, Bayern pounces on it and scores within 10 seconds of kickoff. Still pissed about that.
 
2013-09-06 12:08:51 PM

Gonz: desertgeek: US Soccer should file complaints with CONCACAF over Costa Rica's conduct this week. FFS, the Mexicans don't treat us that badly. It's ridiculous.

I'm going to have to rethink my personal "situationally racist" rules. I normally only allow myself to go into "fark these people and their entire shiathole country" mode when we're playing Mexico in el Estadio Azteca.


Well, the Mexicans don't make opponents go through the public area of customs and the airport to get to their bus. Costa Rica made the US team do that.

The Mexican fans treat us like shiat, but I've never heard of the Mexican soccer officials doing us wrong like Costa Rica is.
 
2013-09-06 12:12:39 PM

RminusQ: dartben: RminusQ: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Are there any big surprises at this point?  Big teams that look close to not making it?

Mexico is struggling, but would have to continue to fark up in order to miss out. Some standard African powers (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon) are playing loser-go-home games. In Europe, Czechs are on the outside looking in, England and France may have to go through play-offs.

Mexico's other problem is that they're already done playing Jamaica while every one else gets one more crack at them. Presuming those all result in 3 points for everyone else, and Mexico is one bad loss or home draw away from being in serious trouble

Mexico basically just needs to stay ahead of Panama or Honduras, and at worst they'd play New Zealand. Mexico has the advantage of being yet to play both of those teams at home. It's not implausible for them to collapse out of Brazil, but they would need to keep farking up. Worth noting: they haven't actually lost a game yet.


Also worth noting: Mexico hasn't scored at home yet during this Hex.

I certainly don't have them finishing fifth yet, but if they only get 0-2 points over the next two games, that last home game in Azteca is suddenly huge.
 
2013-09-06 12:23:15 PM

desertgeek: Gonz: desertgeek: US Soccer should file complaints with CONCACAF over Costa Rica's conduct this week. FFS, the Mexicans don't treat us that badly. It's ridiculous.

I'm going to have to rethink my personal "situationally racist" rules. I normally only allow myself to go into "fark these people and their entire shiathole country" mode when we're playing Mexico in el Estadio Azteca.

Well, the Mexicans don't make opponents go through the public area of customs and the airport to get to their bus. Costa Rica made the US team do that.

The Mexican fans treat us like shiat, but I've never heard of the Mexican soccer officials doing us wrong like Costa Rica is.


Considering how Costa Rica performed in the last cycle (losing out on the last damn day b/c of a fluky JONATHON BORNSTIEN goal), they are pulling out all of the stops. If Mexico crashes out, next cycle, FMF might mail feces to Sunil Gulati.
 
2013-09-06 12:29:36 PM

Rwa2play: Gonz: There's a Mexican referee, the US is playing Mexico next, and 8 American players have one yellow already.

There are going to be more cards than a blackjack table today. Thanks, CONCACAF.

I'll be happy with just a draw out of that hellhole.


Draws in road qualifiers are definitely acceptable against the other squads expected to qualify.  That said, the game isn't in the hellhole, it's in the sterile new national stadium the Chinese built for them.  The crowd is not right on top of the field and it isn't that horrid artificial turf of the Saprissa (frankly, I am still shocked that they did not put the US game there, I thought for sure they would have it there after their complaints about the snow game).  This is a great chance for the US to finally actually win a game in CR.  But I'd definitely be happy with a draw.
 
2013-09-06 12:43:59 PM
Anybody have status report on Republic of Ireland? I think they're close to qualifying but not sure.
 
2013-09-06 12:45:36 PM
One thing about being the most hated team in the Hex is that nobody can really surprise them with hostilities. We should have Beasley take a leak on their field just to up the berserker mode. All this national pressure to beat the US may backfire and cause CR to seize up a bit. Can't wait for this match.
 
2013-09-06 12:48:57 PM
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VAMOS CHILE CTM!!!


/you may now resume your regular farking
 
2013-09-06 12:51:27 PM

Crewmannumber6: Anybody have status report on Republic of Ireland? I think they're close to qualifying but not sure.


It's a clusterfark for second in Group C. Austria, Ireland, and Sweden all level, with Germany 5 points clear. An Irish home win over Sweden will go a long way toward a spot in the playoffs.
 
2013-09-06 12:57:26 PM

GQueue: Rwa2play: Gonz: There's a Mexican referee, the US is playing Mexico next, and 8 American players have one yellow already.

There are going to be more cards than a blackjack table today. Thanks, CONCACAF.

I'll be happy with just a draw out of that hellhole.

Draws in road qualifiers are definitely acceptable against the other squads expected to qualify.  That said, the game isn't in the hellhole, it's in the sterile new national stadium the Chinese built for them.  The crowd is not right on top of the field and it isn't that horrid artificial turf of the Saprissa (frankly, I am still shocked that they did not put the US game there, I thought for sure they would have it there after their complaints about the snow game).  This is a great chance for the US to finally actually win a game in CR.  But I'd definitely be happy with a draw.


Uh, I thought I heard that Costa Rica appealed to either CONCACAF or FIFA to move the game to the Saprissa after the game in Denver and it was approved.
 
2013-09-06 01:02:32 PM
RminusQ:
In the Americas (North and South), there are 4 matchdays left. In the North, 3 teams qualify and a fourth goes to face New Zealand. In the South, 4 teams qualify and a fifth plays either Jordan or Uzbekistan. USA can clinch a berth with a win and lots of help. I'm pretty sure no South American team can fully clinch a World Cup berth today.

I think Chile will secure the fifth place (and thus the playoff against Jordan/Uzbekistan) with a win against Venezuela and a Uruguay win over Peru.
 
2013-09-06 01:07:09 PM

GQueue: Rwa2play: Gonz: There's a Mexican referee, the US is playing Mexico next, and 8 American players have one yellow already.

There are going to be more cards than a blackjack table today. Thanks, CONCACAF.

I'll be happy with just a draw out of that hellhole.

Draws in road qualifiers are definitely acceptable against the other squads expected to qualify.  That said, the game isn't in the hellhole, it's in the sterile new national stadium the Chinese built for them.  The crowd is not right on top of the field and it isn't that horrid artificial turf of the Saprissa (frankly, I am still shocked that they did not put the US game there, I thought for sure they would have it there after their complaints about the snow game).  This is a great chance for the US to finally actually win a game in CR.  But I'd definitely be happy with a draw.


Pretty sure they wanted to play at Saprissa, but FIFA stepped in and forced them to play at the bigger, nicer stadium. So if things shake out and we get the points, we can thank our pals the Chinese for nuking their homefield advantage.
 
2013-09-06 01:17:45 PM

sotua: VAMOS CHILE CTM!!!


/you may now resume your regular farking


Is Chile still playing that awesome 3-3-1-3? Man, they were fun to watch last time around.
 
2013-09-06 01:20:15 PM

Hilarity_N_Sues: GQueue: Rwa2play: Gonz: There's a Mexican referee, the US is playing Mexico next, and 8 American players have one yellow already.

There are going to be more cards than a blackjack table today. Thanks, CONCACAF.

I'll be happy with just a draw out of that hellhole.

Draws in road qualifiers are definitely acceptable against the other squads expected to qualify.  That said, the game isn't in the hellhole, it's in the sterile new national stadium the Chinese built for them.  The crowd is not right on top of the field and it isn't that horrid artificial turf of the Saprissa (frankly, I am still shocked that they did not put the US game there, I thought for sure they would have it there after their complaints about the snow game).  This is a great chance for the US to finally actually win a game in CR.  But I'd definitely be happy with a draw.

Pretty sure they wanted to play at Saprissa, but FIFA stepped in and forced them to play at the bigger, nicer stadium. So if things shake out and we get the points, we can thank our pals the Chinese for nuking their homefield advantage.


Hmmm interesting:  The CRFF abandoned their request to move it there in June.
 
2013-09-06 01:29:07 PM

Gonz: sotua: VAMOS CHILE CTM!!!


/you may now resume your regular farking

Is Chile still playing that awesome 3-3-1-3? Man, they were fun to watch last time around.


You refer to the Bielsa times (2010 WC and qualies)? Nah, Bielsa quit when the ANFP (national football assoc) changed presidents to one not of his liking. Got a clown trainer (Borghi) after Bielsa, who unmade most of the good work, and then got a new replacement (Sampaoli) who is more Bielsa-like in his insistence for quick offense. I like this new guy. Doing some good work with the kids.
 
2013-09-06 01:48:12 PM
Handbags are out and the bicardi breezers have been spilt at the end of the first half of the Macedonia vs Wales match
 
2013-09-06 01:58:07 PM
Armenia defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 thanks to a late goal in stoppage time.
 
2013-09-06 01:59:44 PM
If the USA finishes first in qualifying does it give them any advantge in 2014? I mean seeding etc.
 
2013-09-06 02:22:25 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: If the USA finishes first in qualifying does it give them any advantge in 2014? I mean seeding etc.


The only seeding that matters is the top 8 (7, b/c of the host team, but Brazil is probably one of the 8 best teams in the world). It helps, but it won't get us close to top 8.
 
2013-09-06 02:22:44 PM
I'm hoping Germany pulls of a win here, it'll be really really good for them and I think they should be able to take one easily, though I'm still playing back memories of that comeback by Sweden after a 4-0 lead....
 
2013-09-06 02:39:10 PM

Trocadero: Mid_mo_mad_man: If the USA finishes first in qualifying does it give them any advantge in 2014? I mean seeding etc.

The only seeding that matters is the top 8 (7, b/c of the host team, but Brazil is probably one of the 8 best teams in the world). It helps, but it won't get us close to top 8.


Well, the host team is always locked into the Group A #1 spot. That's just the rules. So for Mid, the question is would the USA be moved into the top 7 by winning the Hex. The answer is almost certainly "No." The USA is not likely to move into the top 7 in the FIFA rankings before the draw and that plus World Cup results usually decide the seedings for the draw.
 
2013-09-06 02:52:56 PM
When was the last time Tony Kroos took a shot at the goal when he wasn't at least 50 feet from it? :P
 
2013-09-06 02:54:38 PM
Macedonia just defeated Wales 2-1.
 
2013-09-06 02:58:09 PM
Damn, Khedira almost scored a fantastic goal.... Austria had a great start but Germany is getting damn close to scoring.

Klose just had a great shot too. I think the pressure of him breaking the record has been getting to him though.
 
2013-09-06 02:58:32 PM
ROI has kicked off
 
2013-09-06 03:00:31 PM

desertgeek: Trocadero: Mid_mo_mad_man: If the USA finishes first in qualifying does it give them any advantge in 2014? I mean seeding etc.

The only seeding that matters is the top 8 (7, b/c of the host team, but Brazil is probably one of the 8 best teams in the world). It helps, but it won't get us close to top 8.

Well, the host team is always locked into the Group A #1 spot. That's just the rules. So for Mid, the question is would the USA be moved into the top 7 by winning the Hex. The answer is almost certainly "No." The USA is not likely to move into the top 7 in the FIFA rankings before the draw and that plus World Cup results usually decide the seedings for the draw.




So the USA could win out and it wouldn't change anything? We would just be at the mercy of the draw?
 
2013-09-06 03:06:01 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: desertgeek: Trocadero: Mid_mo_mad_man: If the USA finishes first in qualifying does it give them any advantge in 2014? I mean seeding etc.

The only seeding that matters is the top 8 (7, b/c of the host team, but Brazil is probably one of the 8 best teams in the world). It helps, but it won't get us close to top 8.

Well, the host team is always locked into the Group A #1 spot. That's just the rules. So for Mid, the question is would the USA be moved into the top 7 by winning the Hex. The answer is almost certainly "No." The USA is not likely to move into the top 7 in the FIFA rankings before the draw and that plus World Cup results usually decide the seedings for the draw.

So the USA could win out and it wouldn't change anything? We would just be at the mercy of the draw?


CONCACAF is the 4th best confederation out of the 6, if that. There just isn't any real strength out of most teams, with only Costa Rica and Honduras seriously challenging Mexico and the US most of the time. CAF, CONMEBOL and UEFA are superior, with AFC having some good performances out of Japan and South Korea.
 
2013-09-06 03:07:43 PM
I think Lowe has seen an angel in the outfield.
 
2013-09-06 03:09:24 PM
Okay, I can watch one game for a bit at work, but...which one?
 
2013-09-06 03:09:38 PM
Iker in the goal for Spain. He has more starts for Spain than for Real Madrid this season. What the hell is Ancelotti doing?
 
2013-09-06 03:14:53 PM
Heck of a save by the Austrian keeper just now. Last minute dive to knock the ball over the crossbar.
 
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