USA odds to qualify from Group G – Does Klinsmann have any chance?

Jurgen Klinsmann will come up against his nation of birth at the World Cup, after USA with drawn with Germany in an intriguing side note.

Manager: Jurgen Klinsmann
World Cup best:
Quarter Finals (2002)
How they qualified:
First place finish in CONCACAF qualifying

USA eased through their CONCACAF qualifying section, topping the group and were one of the first nations to qualify for Brazil.

Seven wins from 10 in the final group stage saw them qualify with double the amount of points Mexico did!

Klinsmann’s men qualified without conceding a goal at home, however their form on the road was indifferent, losing at Honduras!

Star player: Michael Bradley (FC Toronto)

Michael Bradley’s move to FC Toronto wasn’t a shock, although the timing of the move is slightly questionable.

In Serie A, Bradley was one of the better players and at 26 years old is in the best years of his career!

He is a key player for the US and is a more all round player now then when he broke onto the scene when his father was the national team manager.

One to watch: Julian Green (Bayern Munich)

Julian Green opted to represent the US, despite playing at youth level for Germany.

He has a great record for Munich’s B side and is expected to push into the first team in the next few years.

The forward is still only 18 and is likely to be more of an impact player off the bench, however Klinsmann didn’t want him for no reason.

The US are now seen as one of the better football nations and have progressed massively since staging the tournament in 1994.

USA have a great team spirit about them, which will be needed in the harshest of groups.

Jozy Altidore has struggled in the Premier League, scoring just twice in two campaigns for Hull City and Sunderland.

Klinsmann manages to get the best out of him though and the US will need to see the forward that scored goals for fun in Holland, rather than the English flop.

How far can they go?
Given the difficulty of their group it’s hard to see them making the knock out stages of the World Cup.


Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Fabian Johnson, Michael Parkhurst, DeAndre Yedlin

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Brad Davis, Mix Diskerud, Maurice Edu, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski

*Squad will be cut by seven to 23 before the start of the tournament

Group G


Monday 16th June: Ghana vs. USA 23:00
Sunday 22nd June: USA vs. Portugal 23:00
Thursday 26th June: USA vs. Germany 17:00

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