Odds USA Will Win World Cup 2014
It was the nightmare scenario for USA when they were drawn into Group G, considered to be the “Group of Death” at the 2014 World Cup. Sitting at No. 13 in FIFA’s World Rankings at the time of the World Cup draw, the Americans could have just have easily drawn into a group in which they were favoured to advance. Instead, with odds of +1000, the USA is a longshot to win Group G.
While USA may be a longshot to advance to the Round of 16, there is lots for American supporters to feel good about. With young stars like midfielder Michael Bradley and veteran leaders like Tim Howard on the roster, the American soccer program is moving in the right direction. However, given the quality of the competition the USA will face in the Group Stage, it is unlikely the USA will take the next step at the 2014 World Cup.
Early World Cup Pick
USA are +180 moneyline underdogs in their opening Group Stage match against Ghana. Unless the Americans put on a dominant performance in their opening match, they are likely to remain underdogs throughout the Group Stage. They faced Ghana in the last two World Cups, dropping a 2-1 Group Stage decision in 2006, and losing 2-1 in extra time in a 2010 Round of 16 match. The Americans have enjoyed more success against Portugal, winning their last two meetings. But that was over a decade ago and Portugal are now the clear favourite. The Americans last defeated Germany in tournament play at the 1999 Confederations Cup and will likely be a heavy underdog when the two squads meet on June 26.
USA Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
After struggling out of the gate, USA finished first in CONCACAF Hex qualifying on the strength of strong play on home turf.
06/02/13 Honduras 2 – 1 United States
23/03/13 United States 1 – 0 Costa Rica
27/03/13 Mexico 0 – 0 United States
08/06/13 Jamaica 1 – 2 United States
12/06/13 United States 2 – 0 Panama
19/06/13 United States 1 – 0 Honduras
07/09/13 Costa Rica 3 – 1 United States
11/09/13 United States 2 – 0 Mexico
12/10/13 United States 2 – 0 Jamaica
16/10/13 Panama 2 – 3 United States
USA World Cup Group Play Schedule
16/06/14 Ghana vs. United States - Estadio das Dunas
22/06/14 United States vs. Portugal - Arena Amazonia
26/06/14 United States vs. Germany - Arena Pernambuco
USA Key Players
Michael Bradley MF, Toronto FC – Expected to assume a leadership role on Team USA, Bradley, the talented midfielder has struggled with injuries in his recent MLS debut.
Tim Howard GK Everton – The veteran goalkeeper oozes athleticism and intelligence, and is the leader of the American defensive corps.
Jozy Altidore FW Sunderland – The forward has struggled in his English Premier League debut, and will look to regain his scoring touch on the game’s biggest stage.