Four Americans learn opponents at FIFA Interactive World Cup draw
The four Americans competing in the 2016 FIFA Interactive World Cup learned their groups and opponents during the tournament's draw on Sunday night in New York City.
The Interactive World Cup's Grand Final, which takes place on Monday and Tuesday in New York, features 32 competitive EA Sports FIFA players from around the world. Since no two compatriots can be placed in the same group, all four Americans are in separate groups.
Presenter Kay Murray and New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard revealed the draw at the Row Hotel in Manhattan on Sunday evening.
Giusteppe Guastella, 30, was placed into Group A with 19–year–old Dane competitor August Rosenmeier, who won the tournament in 2014 and is the top–ranked 2016 FIFA Interactive World Cup player. Sweden's Ivan Lapanje, 23, and Brazil's Edson Mata, 23, round out Group A. Guastella, who is from Los Angeles, reached the semifinals at the 2012 Grand Final in Dubai.
Michael Ribeiero of Kenilworth, N.J., 26, is in Group B with Burkina Faso's Arthur Dabilgou, 23. They'll face off against England's Demetri Anastasiou, 21, and Mexico's Arturo Villasenor, 21.
Darren John of Philadelphia, 22, will take on 22–year–old German Kevin Assia, 20–year–old Costa Rican Javier Alvarez and 20–year–old Saudi Arabian Khalid Aloufi in Group F.
Arlington, Va., native Brian Jaldin, who made the Grand Final as the host country qualifier, was drawn in Group G. The 21–year–old will play 23–year–old Frenchman Dylan Bance, 16–year–old German Niklas Raseck and 24–year–old Englishman Sean Allen.
The winner of the Grand Final will receive $20,000 and a trip to the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony.