Who wound up in difficult groups and who got away easy from Friday's World Cup draw (average world ranking for four teams in parentheses):
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil -- The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a tough first-round group at next year'
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Mexico needed to travel an extra 14,000 miles to reach next year's World Cup.
The World Cup, at its essence and in its truest form, isn’t about who wins in Brazil next year. It’s actually about who gets in at all.