Looking Good For U.s. World Cup 1994

June 26, 1994

For the United States to not qualify for the second round, it would have to lose to Romania, and third-place teams in at least four other groups would have to have at least four points and better goal differentials. That means at least four of five scenarios would have to occur:

* Cameroon beats Russia.

* South Korea beats Germany and Spain-Bolivia isn't a tie.

* Bulgaria beats Greece and ties or beats Argentina and Nigeria ties or beats Greece; Bulgaria-Greece is a tie and Greece beats Nigeria and Bulgaria beats Argentina; Bulgaria-Greece is a tie and Bulgaria beats Argentina and Nigeria ties or beats Greece; Greece beats Bulgaria and ties Nigeria.

* Ireland ties Norway or Italy ties Mexico.

* Saudi Arabia ties or beats Belgium and the Netherlands ties or beats Morocco.

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