The 2010 World Cup marks the first time the U.S. is predicted by many to advance from its group. The top two finishers in each of the eight, four-team pairings move on to the knockout phase. The U.S. has only advanced from group play three times in World Cup history.
- 1930, when it finished in third place overall
- 1994, when it hosted
- 2002, when it reached the quarterfinals.
First round- Friday, June 11.