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I know you’re all interested in the World Cup draw, right?  Well, the United States (ranked #14 in the world) ended up in Group C, the second easiest group, along with England (#9), Algeria (#28), and Slovenia (#33).  The Daily Fix reports:

[Landon] Donovan nods and smiles as Algeria and Slovenia are placed in the U.S.’s group. He is trying to be diplomatic. But there’s no question that he’s relieved, and that the U.S. got a good draw.

….Drawing England will make for huge viewership and some in England feared the U.S., but the U.S. will have its hands full with England. The rest of the group, Algeria and Slovenia, looks workable. The USA has a decent chance of advancing — they dodged some huge obstacles (France, Portugal) and drew a weakish seed. I bet the USA camp will be in decent spirits.

Anyway, just thought I’d let everyone know.  Schedule here.

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