Yeah, I know you are all surprised that 1) I had a thought and 2) it was Jamie Trecker which lead to it…but it happened.
So, Bruce Arena is taking a bunch of youngsters to Costa Rica on Saturday. I’ve no problem with that…it makes since. Hell, I’ll be thrilled to see Kevin Hartman get a cap.
But what’s got me thinking is the situation which has lead to the inexperienced team heading south. Is it really fair to the teams still fighting for a spot in Germany? If one team gets to play a below strength team and another doesn’t, where’s the legitimacy in the qualification?
So, what’s the solution? Easy, if FIFA were to say that the higher a team finishes in their qualification gets more points in the seeding process come the draw for the finals. Currently, the seeding is based on performances in recent (the last three) World Cup finals. If they were to add in a component which adds to the seeding process for next summer, it might be enough to counter Steve Sampson’s (yeah, I can’t post a blog without mentioning him) poor performance in France. The US could be close enough to getting a top seed to avoid the Brazil’s and Germany’s in the first round.
Well, it’s just a thought and could certainly add something to the qualification process.