USA national team coach Bob Bradley is excited the draw for next year’s World Cup is almost here.
All 32 nations will find out who they are drawn against when the official FIFA draw takes place on Friday in Cape Town, South Africa and Bradley can’t wait to see what the outcome will be.
“Yes, it’s an exciting part of the process, finally knowing who our opponents will be, knowing what venues we’ll be playing in, and following the draw, it gives us the opportunity of finalizing all of our logistics in terms of base camp and some of the details in terms of training fields and the like,” Bradley said.
The feeling of qualifying for the tournament does not really sink in until you know who you are going to play according to Bradley who will be preparing for the USA’s three group stage opponents as soon as the draw is completed.
“The first step is of course just qualification, but once you know your opponents then the preparation begins in greater detail. It gives you an opportunity to start to focus on that first game, that first opponent, making sure all the right things are done to lead into that first match,” he added.
“Certainly we will go to great lengths to prepare the scouting reports on our three first round opponents, there’s always going to be finishing touches on the details in terms of where we’re staying, our needs, what we want to put together in terms of our whole training schedule leading into the World Cup.
“And of course, we look forward to some of the opportunities when we’ll be together. The main one in 2010 will be the March 3 fixture date, the only one on the FIFA calendar, but there will be other times, of course starting in January, where we’ll have a chance to look at some other players and size up the depth of our pool.”