Back in 1994, it was really quite simple. Groups A and B played in Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Groups C and D in Chicago, Dallas and Boston and Groups E and F in New Jersey, Washington and Orlando.
Teams and visitors to the World Cup had a base and a straightforward, manageable travel plan. They could hit a coast, or the mid-west, pitch camp there and take the odd flight. America was a vast country in which to hold a football tournament, but considerate organisation took the supporters’ interests to heart.