USA has the talent to do well in World Cup

If I’m wrong, it doesn’t matter, but if I’m right, I’ll be the only sage.

I’m not going to make this either complex or long. We’ve all been waiting for this day to come, and now it’s here – World Cup 2010. So here it is: The USA will do better than expected.

I think most of us expect the USA to get out of the group. I think it’s going to go even better.

Since no one else will pick the USA to go much past the round of 16, I will, because I believe they can. I think they are prepared, and it will help them to have played in South Africa last year in the Confederations Cup. It will also help to have beaten Cup-favorites Spain and will give them confidence having taken Brazil to the limit. Yes, it’s not the World Cup, but those matches did two things: One, it allowed the USA to get acclimated to the altitude, the atmosphere and the stadia, and two, by playing tough competition without a sense of fear, and with heart, the USA proved they have nothing to fear from anyone.

That said, they could lay an egg and I could look bad. But I’m not afraid of that, and I don’t think the USA will go into their matches afraid.

They have one of the top goalkeepers in the World Cup in Tim Howard, creative, crafty and skilled players such as Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey and potential game changers in Edson Buddle and Jozy Altidore. Then they actually have speed and skill on the bench with Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres. The grit is there in the middle with Michael Bradley and their back line, which is also their weak point, but it’s not as weak as we’re seeing it. I think Oguchi Onyewu will get stronger as the Cup goes on.

Overall, I think the USA will build confidence as the Cup goes on. The Sun tabloid will have to eat its words – again – in the way they described the draw as EASY. Actually, it could end up being right, except more so for the USA. OK, I know it won’t be easy, but here are my USA predictions for Group C:

USA 3, England 0

USA 2, Slovenia 1

USA 3, Algeria 0

Here are my picks by group. I think aside from the typical top teams, there is some parity in the lower end of the groups. And, while I don’t anticipate any result for New Zealand, I’ll be hoping Ryan Nelsen and Tim Brown do well. Overall, I think Spain has too much talent not to win, but then again, we’ve said that about so many teams before. And to those who think the pick for the USA is a homer pick or one that’s too optimistic – maybe. But I think this team is prepared, has the right makeup, skill and heart to succeed. I hope they prove me right, and a sage.

Group A: Mexico, France

Group B: Argentina, Greece

Group C: USA, England

Group D: Germany, Ghana

Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon

Group F: Italy, Slovakia

Group G: Brazil, Portugal

Group H: Spain, Chile

Round of 16 games

Mexico over Greece

USA over Ghana

Netherlands over Slovakia

Brazil over Chile

England over Germany

Argentina over France

Italy over Cameroon

Spain over Portugal

Round of 8

USA over Mexico

Netherlands over Brazil

Argentina over England

Spain over Italy

Semifinals

Netherlands over USA

Spain over Argentina

Final

Spain over Netherlands, 2-1 in extra time

3rd place match

Argentina over USA, 3-2

1 reply
  1. UnitedMania.com
    UnitedMania.com says:

    Hey Jimmy – group stage just finished – here were my original picks – very close to yours
    Group A: France, Mexico
    Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
    Group C: England, USA
    Group D: Germany, Ghana
    Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
    Group F: Italy, Slovakia
    Group G: Brazil, Portugal
    Group H: Spain, Chile

    Tracking everything on my bracket at ESPN – check it out: http://games.espn.go.com/bpredictor/en-us/entry?entryID=501522
    97% right – dang…

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