The first U.S. Soccer staffers begin leaving Tuesday for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw, set for Friday in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann will leave Wednesday, arriving Thursday after the flight of almost 13 hours from California. There he will join up with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and U.S. Soccer’s managing director of administration Tom King.
There will still be plenty of work for the central figures and for support staff once the draw happens on Friday. In fact, in some ways the work is just beginning.
The team already has its resort hotel and training ground (it’s “base camp”) selected in Sao Paolo; that won’t change no matter what venues to which the United States finds itself dispatched on Friday.
But U.S. officials will go on full site inspections for each of the assigned venues, which means taking a look at hotels and stadiums. (The team will train at its base in Sao Paulo, holding just one training in the venue city, and that one on so-called “match-day minus one” will always take place inside the stadium.)
Members of the U.S. Soccer contingent will also make another walk-through of its base camp facilities.