Potential Hex draw issues for USMNT 

November, 7, 2012
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CONCACAF's draw for the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup is being held tonight and is an important step on the road to Brazil for every team. The soccer event in Miami, which will determine the schedule of games for each of the six teams, is unlikely to register more than a blip on the mainstream sports radar. It isn't televised (though it will be streamed from 8 p.m. ET here). And with three MLS playoff games scheduled for Wednesday night, it won't even have the full attention of the nation's small cadre of soccer media.

But that doesn't mean it isn't important for the Yanks.

The U.S. delegation in South Beach includes federation president Sunil Gulati, CEO Dan Flynn and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and it will begin figuring out where the national team will play its five home games -- something none of the other participants, with their designated national stadiums, has to consider -- as soon as the draw is over.

"We'll start working on that right away with Jurgen," Gulati told Insider on Tuesday night, shortly after arriving in South Florida. "A lot of thinking goes into the process."


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Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.

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