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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Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez 2 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 1
Seattle - LP: R. Elias 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 2
Texas - LP: J. Williams 2 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 12
Colorado - LP: F. Morales 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 4
Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos 5 FINAL
Miami - LP: J. Cosart 2
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 5 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
LA Angels - WP: M. Shoemaker 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson 3
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3 FINAL
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Fien 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Guerra 10
Toronto - LP: A. Loup 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: J. Veras 3
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 4
Kansas City - WP: J. Guthrie 1 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 0
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Schultz 4
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: E. Stults 10
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 8 FINAL
Los Angeles - LP: D. Haren 2
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/7/14 6:00 PM
NY Jets
San Francisco 8/7/14 6:30 PM
Baltimore
New England 8/7/14 6:30 PM
Washington
Cincinnati 8/7/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
Seattle 8/7/14 8:00 PM
Denver
Dallas 8/7/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Sporting Kansas City 1
Winnipeg 27 FINAL
Hamilton 26
Toronto 31 FINAL
Montreal 5
Brt Columbia 25 FINAL
Calgary 24
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Edmonton 8/8/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Hamilton 8/8/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/9/14 6:30 PM
Calgary
Winnipeg 8/12/14 6:30 PM
Toronto
Connecticut 89 FINAL
San Antonio 79

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