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Bad bounce could hurt U.S. in World Cup draw
Bad bounce could hurt U.S. in World Cup draw

After more than three years of preparation and the most successful season in U.S. national soccer team history, how far the U.S. goes in next summer's World Cup in Brazil may come down to which way a ping-pong ball bounces. That's because the draw for the 32-team tournament, which takes place Friday morning (8:30 a.m. PST on ESPN2 and Univision) at the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe, will determine not only whom the U.S. will face in the opening round, but which team it is likely to play if it advances. Think Selection Sunday with a samba. The draw will produce eight groups, each with four teams. Every nation plays three games in a round-robin format in the...