How will the United States do? World Cup predictions

  • Updated: June 12, 2014 - 7:42 AM

PREDICTIONS

Here is what some local soccer enthusiasts think about the U.S. squad and the World Cup as a whole.

 

How will the U.S. fare?

Manny Lagos, head coach, Minnesota United FC: I do believe that we will get out of our group. We will pull out some 1950 magic and have an upset or two. In terms of realistically winning the whole thing, that might be a tall order, but the U.S. would still be my first pick.

Jon Marthaler, SoccerCentric blogger on startribune.com: The Americans will finish second in a difficult group, before falling somewhat disappointingly to Belgium in the first knockout round.

Michael Rand, Star Tribune digital sports editor and World Cup editor: Sorry, but I just don’t see the U.S. squad getting out of the Group of Death. Even if the Americans get a favorable result in the opener against Ghana, Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad won’t be able to topple Portugal and Germany.

 

Who will win it all?

Lagos: If I had a 1A, I would say Brazil would have to be the favorite. I think this Brazilian team is pretty tight and gel really well together because they know who they will be playing alongside during the World Cup and have known for a while.

Marthaler: Betting against Germany at the World Cup is always foolish — especially against this year’s team, one of their strongest. I’ll say 2-0 over Argentina in the final.

Rand: The best players rise to the occasion on the biggest stage. I also like Argentina to reach the final, but let’s say Lionel Messi has a World Cup for the ages and leads Argentina to a championship.

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St. Louis - LP: K. Siegrist 6 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 7
Toronto 4 Bottom 7th Inning
NY Yankees 6
Arizona 4 Bottom 6th Inning
Philadelphia 6
Washington 4 Top 7th Inning
Cincinnati 1
Boston 3 Bottom 7th Inning
Tampa Bay 2
San Diego 5 Bottom 5th Inning
Atlanta 0
Oakland 0 Bottom 4th Inning
Texas 2
NY Mets 0 Top 5th Inning
Milwaukee 0
Miami 0 Top 5th Inning
Houston 0
Chicago WSox 7 Top 4th Inning
Minnesota 1
Cleveland 1 Top 5th Inning
Kansas City 4
Pittsburgh 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Colorado 0
Detroit - D. Smyly 9:05 PM
LA Angels - T. Skaggs
Baltimore - K. Gausman 9:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 9:15 PM
San Francisco - T. Lincecum
Chivas USA 8:30 PM
Colorado
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
Winnipeg 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Tulsa 77 FINAL
Washington 82
Chicago 66 4th Qtr 6:00
Atlanta 62
San Antonio 55 3rd Qtr 3:49
Minnesota 56

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