thenry712 Gonzaga Fan Zasullia, Ukraine Member since Nov 2008 14108 posts
re: my thoughts on the USMNT (Posted on 5/28/12 at 4:09 pm to Harry Pitts)
The myth of the difficulty of UEFA qualifying grows every year.
There are some excellent teams in Europe, and some of the very worst in the world.
The bottom two teams in an UEFA qualify group are typically as bad worse than the bottom two teams in the CONCACAF final qualifying hexagonal. The USA and Mexico typically have a more difficult qualifying schedule than say a Greece or England, especially when the difficulty of earning any points on the road in Central American hellhole stadiums.
For example UEFA Group G:
Greece Slovakia Bosnia and Herzegovina Lithuania Latvia Liechtenstein
Compare that to the probable CONCACAF hexagon group:
USA Mexico Costa Rica Honduras Jamaica/Guatemala Canada/Panama
ETA: Granted only one team automatically qualifies out of an UEFA group, I'd take my chances in that UEFA group over finishing first in the CONCACAF group.
wm72 New York/Roma Member since Mar 2010 3507 posts
re: my thoughts on the USMNT (Posted on 5/29/12 at 12:08 am to thenry712)
quote: The myth of the difficulty of UEFA qualifying
I kind of see the point about CONCACAF qualifying not being as easy as some say but I'd take it 10 times out of 10 over the chance that the USA beats out every one of these countries to ever make any WC field:
Russia Turkey Belgium Ireland Czech Republic Bosnia and Herz.
Not one of those made the field out of Europe last time.