The Uruguayans, who live next door, got there by way of Jordan, which is the global version of going from Dorchester to Southie by way of Brockton. The Mexicans made it by going through New Zealand, the Croatians via Iceland, the French via Ukraine. The Americans hopscotched among Mexico City, Guatemala City, and Panama City. But all of them ended up with reservations to Brazil for next summer’s World Cup soccer tournament, whose 32-team field will be drawn Friday morning in the beach resort of Costa do Sauipe.
“We will hope for the best but it’s like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates,” mused England manager Roy Hodgson, whose side is unseeded for the first time since 2002. “We will open it up and see what we get, then try and digest it.”