May 12, 2014
The United States often perform well at the World Cup without doing anything special and they find themselves in a tough Group G at the 2014 World Cup with Germany, Portugal and Ghana as opponents.
The Americans won their group four years ago in South Africa only to lose 2-1 to Ghana in extra time in the second round, an opponent they will again lock horns with during the group stage in Brazil.
We can’t see the USA finishing above Germany and Portugal in this group and their opening World Cup match against Ghana will determine where they are likely to finish,
A win over Ghana should see them finish third in this group, given they will find Germany and Portugal too strong, while a loss to Ghana will likely see them finish bottom of Group G.
Having legendary German Jurgen Klinsmann at the helm is certainly a benefit for the USA, with his wealth of World Cup experience an added advantage, but realistically, a group stage exit is awaiting the USA at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Early 2014 World Cup odds have the USA at $151 to win the World Cup and $12.00 to win Group G.
USA World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $151.00
Win Group G: $12.00
Qualify for next Round: $3.60
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $67.00
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In all likelihood the Americans are going to struggle against both Germany and Portugal and we expect them to have their best chance of success against Ghana, with a third or fourth place finish the best they can hope for in Group G.
We think Ghana will have the measure of USA in this group and therefore the $2.00 about finishing on the bottom of Group G is the betting option we like for the USA.
Group G Draw for USA
The USA has drawn Germany, Ghana and Portugal in Group G at the World Cup and their first match will be against Ghana on Tuesday 17th June 2014 at 8am in the morning (Australian time).
|Tue 17 Jun||Ghana||vs||United States||8am||Natal||Bet now|
|Mon 23 Jun||United States||vs||Portugal||5am||Manaus||Bet now|
|Fri 27 Jun||United States||vs||Germany||2am||Recife||Bet now|
USA World Cup Squad
The USA World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Head Coach for the USA World Cup squad is Jurgen Klinsmann and team captain is Clint Dempsey.
World Cup players to watch for USA
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is a commanding presence between the sticks and his performance for his country will be pivotal against quality attacking teams like Germany and Portugal.
The very experienced Landon Donovan will be competing in his fourth World Cup and while he has lost some of his pace, his passing and goal scoring ability is significant at this level. Donovan has scored 5 goals in 12 games in three World Cup tournaments and that is a fair effort by any standards.
Captain Clint Dempsey has failed to find the net on a regular basis at club level but his presence was invaluable during Word Cup qualifying, while Michael Bradley is a key player in the United States midfield and has become an important player for his country.
Head over to our Group G page for more info on each team contesting this group at the 2014 World Cup.
Filed Under: 2014 World Cup News