Maybe I am crazy, but going into the World Cup draw today I want England. I really do. Yes England are one of the favorites to win the world cup and Capello has them looking very sharp. But drawing England would create a lot of hype about the World Cup here and would also generate a lot of interest in US soccer in England. The match-up would have a lot of great story lines and allow us to wax about that whole American revolution underdog thing. American press would eat it up. So forget getting South Africa – bring on England!
And while I am at it, and maybe I am just psyching myself up, but I have come to terms with getting the group of death. It will say something about US Soccer that now a group that the US is drawn into will be considered the “group of death.” In other words, part of the reason it is the group of death is because we are in it. This was not the case in 02 or 06. Now the BBC is saying we are the team in are pot that England would most want to avoid. This is definitely a glass half full analysis, but sometimes you just have to look on the bright side.