World Cup Betting, Odds Stacked against USA

The Americans have high hopes coming into this World Cup, but not only have they been drawn into the Group of Death, but they were less than impressive in their last friendly.

Team USA has not taken the easy route in getting ready for Brazil having beaten South Korea, losing to Ukraine, and still having to face Mexico.

However, after their lackluster 2-0 loss to Ukraine there are still many questions for the Yanks.

The last friendly for the U.S. was not even in Ukraine, as it was moved to Cyprus after the political unrest in Ukraine. The defense has to be the issue for the Americans after the Ukraine match where they really struggled on that side of the pitch, especially the duo of John Brooks and Edgar Castillo.

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Castillo was dominated by winger Andriy Yarmolenko in the match and what will happen when the Americans face Germany and the likes of Portugal and Christiano Ronaldo? We shall see.

The back four has to be shorn up for the Americans, as if they struggle again facing the likes of Germany and Portugal the results will not be pretty. GK Tim Howard was decent in the Ukraine match, but he needs help from the defense in front of him, as he cannot do it all.

Clint Dempsey also did not play well in the match doing almost nothing to help the attack and he turned the ball over several times. FW Jozy Altidore did not have a bad match, but did not play great and he obviously did not find the back of the net.

One of the bright spots in the match, besides Howard’s play, was that of Brek Shea. He is though to be a long shot to make the squad, but his pace and power was impressive in the Ukraine match and those are two things the American side needs this summer.

Another concern was that the match was on the road, where the Americans have had issues. The win over South Korea and the upcoming friendly facing Mexico are both on U.S. soil.

Jurgen Klinsmann will use different players in the next friendly before Mexico before the team starts their training for Brazil in May. He has many questions to answer before next summer and can he do it?

World Cup odds makers do not think so, as they have the worst odds to win their group and are major long shots at +15000 to win the World Cup.