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It kind of depends on how they structure it

Right now, the US is at a disadvantage in getting out of its opening group because of the regional "sorting" into the pods. I can't remember the exact numbers, but each pod gets one team from Europe (usually a traditional power), one from South America or Africa (again, ofen usually a traditional power), and one from ConCaf/Asia. [there are one or two spots I've gotten wrong, I think-would welcome corrections -- one pod gets two Euros, I think, but that's the "general" structure]

Usually, the CONCACAF/Asia team is the 'weakest' team in the group, except when its the US or Mexico, but because of the structure, the US(and mex) rarely get an easy in (unlike a group with say, Columbia, Greece, Japan, and Ivory Coast, because the US can't be in a pod with Japan). THis leads to the US regularly being drawn into the "group of Death", because the USMNT displaces a minnow.

If they just expand proportionally and split the 8 groups of 4 into 8 groups of 6 with 2 subgroups of 3 in each group of 6, then it will probably make it harder because the weaker teams will get weeded out before group play "truly" begins.

But it all depends on how they put it together.

(In response to this post by cavman.03)

Posted: 01/13/2017 at 1:04PM

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