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ASN Morning Read: About that Seeding System

It looks increasingly unlikely that the Americans will be in position to earn a seed at the 2014 World Cup. No matter, the squad has some excellent bowlers as well as interest from Arsenal.
BY Noah Davis Posted
October 09, 2013
9:08 AM
  • So yeah, those of you holding out hope that the United States would earn a seed at the 2014 World Cup should perhaps retarget your dreams. There's probably more chance that the U.S. wins the darn thing than of slipping into one of the top seven spots. (Brazil, as host, automatically gets one.) Just a couple of bullet points, courtesy of journalist/math man Grant Wahl:
    Uruguay (the most likely South American team to be in the intercontinental playoff) must be upset by Jordan.
    Croatia and Portugal have to be upset in their UEFA playoffs and fail to make the World Cup.

  • Omar Gonzalez is the latest injured player, so Michael Orozco replaces him on the roster. Jon Arnold screamed in excitement.

  • Jurgen Klinsmann earned his first win two years ago. Fact file time!: He's 25-9-6 with 16 clean sheets, 73 goals scored, and just 40 allowed. Oh, and one successful World Cup qualification.

  • Leander Schaerlaeckens, hidden in a washed out bunker somewhere, writes about the players who can step up: "Every four years, national teams at the World Cup have to make do with injuried and players short on fitness following grueling club seasons. The ability of those who play in their stead goes some way in determining where your country’s campaign ends. So, as Klinsmann knows well, you had better devote some attention and resources to your understudies. Now he’ll have as good a chance as any."

  • Brad Guzan to Arsenal? Brad Guzan to Arsenal!

  • Jose Torres either did, or did not, go out to a concert after getting a red card in a recent Tigres match. He says he didn't. A pseudonymous columnist says he did. Being a professional athlete would be a pain.

  • The Americans went bowling last night and Tim Howard, Geoff Cameron, and Alejandro Bedoya took home the championship. Their outfits are special, too.
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