2014 World Cup Odds: U.S. Faces Uphill Battle

BRAZIL (CBSDFW.COM) –– The U.S. Men’s National Team faces long odds to win the 2014 World Cup. In fact, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reiterated on Wednesday that it’s unrealistic to expect the team to win the title.

But exactly what odds do the Americans face in winning the country’s first World Cup? And will they even advance out of the “group of death”?

Recent odds (courtesy of Bovada) suggest that the US is an overwhelming underdog to advance out of Group G, which features favorites Germany and Portugal, as well as US-nemesis Ghana.

Oddsmakers give the US a 100/1 chance of making a miracle run to and winning the finals in Brazil. By comparison, the host country is a 3/1 favorite, while neighboring Mexico’s odds are at 125/1.

FIFA World Cup 2014 – USA – Total Group Points
0 Points 5/1
1 Point 3/1
2 Points 7/1
3 Points 5/2
4 Points 3/1
5 Points 18/1
6 Points 6/1
7 Points 20/1
9 Points 125/1

FIFA World Cup 2014 – USA – Stage of Elimination

Group Stage 2/9
2nd Round 9/2
Quarter Finals 11/1
Semi Finals 33/1
Runners Up 80/1
Winners 100/1

Clint Dempsey, the team’s captain, is most likely to lead the US in scoring, according to Bovada. Striker Jozy Altidore, who scored two goals in Saturday’s tuneup win over Nigeria, is also a threat to lead the American scoring attack.

FIFA World Cup 2014 – USA – Top Goalscorer

Clint Dempsey 9/4
Jozy Altidore 9/2
Aron Jóhannsson 8/1
Chris Wondolowski 10/1
No USA Goalscorer 10/1
Michael Bradley 12/1
Julian Green 16/1
Alejandro Bedoya 20/1
Graham Zusi 20/1
Jermaine Jones 25/1
Kyle Beckerman 25/1
Mikkel Diskerud 25/1
Brad Davis 25/1

While the defense, which will face world class strikers like Ronaldo and Lukas Podolski, is a huge question-mark heading into Monday’s opener, oddsmakers have similar concerns about the American attack.

The Americans are 150/1 to lead the tournament in goals, but are the seventh most likely team to be the lowest scoring team (12/1).

FIFA World Cup 2014 – Highest Scoring Team

Brazil 3/1
Argentina 3/1
Germany 9/2
Spain 7/1
France 14/1
Belgium 14/1
Colombia 16/1
Netherlands 25/1
Portugal 28/1
Uruguay 33/1
Italy 33/1
England 40/1
Chile 50/1
Russia 66/1
Mexico 80/1
Switzerland 100/1
Ghana 150/1
USA 150/1
Ecuador 150/1
Ivory Coast 200/1
Croatia 250/1
Bosnia-Herzegovina 250/1
Japan 300/1
Nigeria 300/1
South Korea 500/1
Greece 500/1
Cameroon 750/1
Algeria 1000/1
Australia 1000/1
Costa Rica 1500/1
Honduras 2500/1
Iran 2500/1

FIFA World Cup 2014 – Lowest Scoring Team
Australia 9/2
Costa Rica 5/1
Honduras 5/1
Iran 5/1
Algeria 8/1
Cameroon 10/1
Ghana 12/1
USA 12/1
Greece 14/1
Nigeria 25/1
South Korea 25/1
Mexico 28/1
Japan 28/1
Ecuador 33/1
Ivory Coast 33/1
Croatia 33/1
Bosnia-Herzegovina 33/1
England 40/1
Chile 40/1
Switzerland 40/1
Russia 50/1
France 66/1
Netherlands 66/1
Portugal 66/1
Uruguay 66/1
Italy 66/1
Colombia 80/1
Belgium 100/1
Spain 200/1
Germany 250/1
Argentina 300/1
Brazil 500/1

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