CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2005) - The U.S. learned earlier on Tuesday morning that they have been placed in Pot 4 alongside fellow CONCACAF countries Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago, as well as the four Asian qualifiers (Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea). With Mexico being placed as one of eight seeds in Pot 1, the U.S. will be placed in a group with either Germany, Brazil, Argentina, England, France, Italy or Spain. The remaing two U.S. opponents will come one each from Pot 2 and Pot 3.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot X|
|Australia||Croatia||Iran||Serbia & Montenegro|
|France||Ivory Coast||Poland||South Korea|
|Spain||Tunisia||Sweden||T & T|
To summarize, the U.S. will play one team each from Pot 1, Pot 2 and Pot 3, avoiding the four Asian teams, the other three CONCACAF qualifiers (including Mexico as a Pot 1 seed) and Serbia & Montenegro from Pot X.
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