USA Plays Key Matches in Preparation for World Cup

America has a tall task this World Cup playing in the Group of Death with the stacked squads of Portugal, Germany, and a Ghana side that knocked them out of the last World Cup. However, the Americans do not play an easy schedule in their WC preparation, which got off to a good start with their 2-0 win over South Korea.

The United States face Ukraine on March fifth and then on April second they will face Mexico in Arizona. Their match facing Ukraine was moved to Cyprus with the protests that are going on in Ukraine. At Bet365 USA are the betting underdog at +200 with Ukraine at +140 and a draw line at +220.

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is taking an interesting approach with the next two friendly matches, as in the Ukraine match the squad will be mostly players based in Europe while the Mexico match will mostly feature players in the MLS.

The Americans did not schedule any cupcakes in their preparation for Brazil next summer. South Korea and Mexico will be playing in Brazil and Ukraine narrowly missed out playing next summer after losing 3-0 to France in the second leg of a European world Cup qualifying tie.

It will only benefit the Americans to play a tough friendly schedule since they play in the Group of Death. Their first match this summer is facing Ghana and Klinsmann recently stated that Ghana would be the key match saying, “We basically start with a World Cup final against Ghana. We need badly these three points. If we get three points against Ghana, I think then that the confidence will rise, the guys will be pumped up, and they will be ready for Portugal and give them a real fight.”

USA had a solid showing at Carson California in their 2-0 win over South Korea in their first big friendly. Chris Wondolowski scored two goals and while South Korea had more shots the Americans played solid defense.

While the 2-0 win looked pretty decisive the South Koreans were playing in their third match in the last eight days and they looked to score in the eighth minute, but the referee ruled the ball had not crossed the line denying the Korean protests.