At first I pretty much scoffed at the idea of the US getting a seeding. But then I did a little research, and while I didn't crunch all the numbers (someone with more time and math skills can) it seems that we have a shot here. Did you know that we were the 9th ranked team going into the 2006 World Cup? Anyway, according to wikipedia, seeding is decided by rating in last two World Cups (02 and 06), plus your December FIFA ranking from December 07, 08 and 09. Ok, we get good points from 02 WC. Not so much from the 06 one. Our current FIFA ranking is 10. Our ranking in 07 (19) was not so good, and 08 was slightly worse (21). However, our ranking currently is 11. I think we can assume that that won't change much and could even go up. We can also assume that out of the qualifying teams so far, Brazil, Italy,Germany, England, Argentina, Netherlands, and Spain will get very justified seeds. That only leaves one seed left. The interesting thing is that the teams that we would seem to be competing with for a seed and ones that would win out over us could all fail to qualify for the World Cup. Croatia isn't going at all. Russia, Portugal, and France could also fail to qualify. Its a bit of wishful thinking that all three of those teams won't make it, but stranger things have happened. But, basically I think if those three go out the USA might have a shot. I could be wrong. But Bob and Sunil seemed to think that the USA does have a chance to get a seed, and it seems like they might have checked out all the option and had some people crunch some numbers to see if it was in the realm of possibility. Interestingly, it could end up that the tie against Costa Rica (instead of a win) could end up hurting those chances.