USA – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Jurgen Klinsmann
Captain: Clint Dempsey
FIFA Ranking: 13
World Cup appearances: 9
Best World Cup: Third Place – 1930
USA Team Profile
In most sports, the Americans just turn up, strut their stuff and walk away with bags of medals. In football, however, that isn’t the case. In fact, the USA will be hard-pressed to make the last-sixteen of the competition in Brazil after being drawn alongside Germany, Portgual and Ghana. They did go as far as the quarter-finals back in Korea/Japan in 2002; their best performance in the finals of a World Cup for over 70 years, before later bowing at the group stages in Germany, 2006 but then went back to the round of sixteen at South Africa 2010, topping their group ahead of England.
Credit were credit is due, the USA is showing huge signs of improvements both with their international displays and in regards to the popularity of the sport back home in general. It is still growing, and in recent years better players have emerged from the shadows and their emergence of new talent was evident in their 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup performance which seen them make it as far as the final itself, taking a 2-0 lead in the final before losing 3-2 to eventual champions Brazil.
But they really haven’t still hit the high quality heights that perhaps they should have, frankly they look as if they have stagnated a bit. Still, they got to Brazil 2014 with relative ease after a comfortbale qualification process and you can be sure that they will at least play with a bit of pride and actually go out and try and make something happen. The quality may be lacking though.
USA Key Players
Veteran Landon Donovan at 32 years-old and still plays an important role for his country. His presence in the starting line-up brings about added enthusiasm from the rest of the squad as his work rate and ethic is second to none. He doesn’t allow the opposing defenders any time on the ball, he chases down nothing balls and he also tracks back to help out in defence whenever necessary. He will be USA’s biggest goal threat in the final as he just seems to have a unique knack of getting in the right places at the right time, as well possessing the ability to create a chance out of nothing with his swift, intricate ball skills.
He is the all-time leader in both goals and assists and will be the most-capped player in the US squad. Like we said above, Donovan brings vital experience to the fort as the squad is still fairly young in stature.
The Everton number 1 has been his country’s number 1 for some time now but he’s a long way behind catching Landon Donovan in the caps department. Howard has been capped almost 100 times for his country and he has made that goalkeeping berth his own since Brad Friedel’s retirement from International duty. He has just about everything you want in a goalkeeper. He is clam and collected when in possession, he commands the respect of all those in front of him on the pitch whilst his immense shop-stopping ability makes him one of the best goalies in the game.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the American’s is they work so damn hard during 90 minutes, harassing the opponent throughout. They don’t allow their opponents to have any time nor space when in possession, they aren’t afraid to get involved with a tackle and seemingly have energy in reserve. The US are arguably the most enduring and industrious team on the block, and whatever team they come up against, no matter how classy they are, they’ll have to work doubly hard to squeeze anything out of a game with a USA team which fights tooth and nail for every last blade of grass.
While there is no doubting the commitment of the USA team, they don’t have one of the strongest starting elevens at the World Cup. It’s just not there and they have to try and make up for quality with enterprise. Klinsmann has done a pretty solid job but they are not packed with top level quality players, even though a lot of their players do no ply their trade in Europe. You would fear for their chances as the USA rely heavily on team work and the great chemistry they’ve built up over some successful years.
USA Qualification for the World Cup
Sector: North, Central America & Caribbean
Goals Scored: 15
Goals Conceded: 8
World Cup Potential: 2/5
The USA are a team you would ideally prefer to avoid; great work ethic all round the team,their attitude on the field is great while their overall team work in second to none, both when in possession and not. However, for all their workmanlike qualities, the US still aren’t strong enough, certainly in depth, to handle the gauntlet thrown down by some of the more equipped nations that they will go up against in the group stage. Their hopes of a good run at the 2014 World Cup really went down in flames when the draw was made.
USA World Cup Betting Odds
USA to win the World Cup: 150/1 Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on USA were 150/1
USA World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group G
|Mo 16th June||17.00||Germany v Portugal||4:0|
|Mo 16th June||23.00||Ghana v USA||1:2|
|Sa 21st June||20.00||Germany v Ghana||2:2|
|Su 22nd June||23.00||USA v Portugal||2:2|
|Th 26th June||17.00||USA v Germany||0:1|
|Th 26th June||17.00||Portugal v Ghana||2:1|
World Cup 2014 Group G Table