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USA Odds To Win World Cup
International soccer doesn’t get bigger than the World Cup and USA is seeking its best ever result in Qatar this winter. Sports betting sites suggest there is a very small chance USA wins the World Cup – but those odds could tumble if Gregg Berhalter’s team gets off to a winning start.
USA qualified for the World Cup after placing third in the CONCACAF qualification pool. They join Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica in representing North America in Qatar this winter.
This will be the ninth time USA has featured at the World Cup. And it’s perhaps the country’s best chance of winning the tournament since the inaugural World Cup in 1930, when they reached the semi-finals.
Soccer has changed quite a bit over the preceding 92 years and the USA team has a lot of catching up to do with teams in Europe and South America. But successfully escaping the group stage at the two of the past three World Cups will have the likes of Brenden Aaronson, Christian Pulisic and DeAndre Yedlin confident this team can make an impression come November.
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The USA World Cup odds don’t exactly suggest this team is about to win the trophy. At +10000, USA is behind the likes of Senegal, Uruguay, Denmark and Croatia to claim victory in Qatar.
But sportsbooks believe this team can escape Group B. USA is +100 to progress out of the group stage and reach the knockout rounds. To do that the team will likely have to beat Iran and Wales, and perhaps even claim a tie with England.
Can they go all the way? Probably not. Some of the competing teams at the World Cup have some seriously talented players – and while USA’s soccer strength is growing, it’s still no match for many European and South American nations.
USA Path To Final
USA began its World Cup qualification campaign in CONCACAF’s third round, which began in November 2021 with a 0-0 tie in El Salvador. The team then tied Canada 1-1 in a thrilling game against these two North American heavyweights. Berhalter then oversaw wins against Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Mexico, which got the team into a strong position in the group. The top three qualified automatically for the World Cup. And USA did that thanks to superior goal difference over Costa Rica, despite the USMNT losing to their rivals in the final game of the group.
USA was seeded in Pot 2 for the World Cup, alongside teams like Germany, Denmark and Mexico. It meant the team is theoretically the second-strongest in their group.
Officials conducted the World Cup draw last winter and USA were placed in Group B alongside top seeds England, as well as Wales and Iran. This is no easy group. England reached the Euro 2020 final last summer, while Wales is a dangerous team. USA vs Iran will also likely be a feisty encounter.
Potential Knockout Stage Games
If USA is to progress out of Group B the team ideally needs to beat Wales and Iran. Assuming they finish second, USA would play the winners of Group A, which should be Netherlands. After that is could be Argentina in the quarter-finals, and Brazil in the semi-finals. If they somehow get over those hurdles, a final against either England or France could await.
USA Previous World Cup Finishes
USA isn’t famous for being a soccer-loving nation but the country did play in the first ever World Cup back in 1930. Since then the USMNT has had its highs and lows. Here’s the USA World Cup record heading into 2022:
- 1930 – Semi-finals
- 1934 – Last-16
- 1950 – Group stage
- 1958 – Fourth Place
- 1990 – Group stage
- 1994 – Last-16
- 1998 – Group stage
- 2002 – Quarter-finals
- 2006 – Group stage
- 2010 – Last-16
- 2014 – Last-16
- 2014 – Did Not Qualify
USA Golden Boot Odds
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USA World Cup FAQ
Has USA qualified for the World Cup?
Yes. USA has qualified for the World Cup after finishing third in the North American qualification league. Christian Pulisic top scored for the team with five goals.
Why Is the World Cup In November?
The World Cup is taking place in November because host country Qatar cannot stage games during its summer, when temperatures easily pass 100 degrees.
Will USA win the World Cup?
The USA has less than a 1% chance of winning the World Cup, according to the football betting odds.
Who will score most goals for USA at the World Cup?
USA has some elite-level players competing at the World Cup this winter. Christian Pulisic, Brenden Aaronson, and Ricardo Pepi will all hope to make their mark the tournament.
Which teams will USA face at the World Cup?
USA will play England, Wales and Iran in the group stage of the World Cup. If the team advances to the knockout stage, there’s a strong possibility it will face Netherlands in the last-16.