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U.S. Placed in Pot 4 for 2006 FIFA World Cup Final Draw

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
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Europe Asia
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Australia Croatia Iran Serbia & Montenegro
Brazil Angola Czech Rep. Japan  
Italy Ghana Netherlands Saudi Arabia  
France Ivory Coast Poland South Korea  
Argentina Togo Portugal Costa Rica  
Spain Tunisia Sweden T & T  
Mexico Ecuador Switzerland United States  
England Paraguay Ukraine    

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.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Final Draw is set for Friday (Dec. 9) in Leipzig, Germany, and will air live at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along via DrawTracker,'s extensive live coverage. is the official website of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.