The USA has a young and dynamic squad and they are not in the toughest group, so they have a solid shot to make it out, which is something they could not do in 2006.
The USA is in Group C along with world power England, Slovenia, and Algeria.
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The USA was lucky to get a not-too-tough group in the World Cup this time around, which is unlike the last few cups. They will have a tough time against England, but their matches against Slovenia and Algeria are definitely ones they can win and they will likely be the favorites in those matches.
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The USA has played in seven World Cup tournaments, but their best showing was way back in 1930 when they came in third place. They did not progress past the group stage in Germany in 2006.
The USA had no problems in qualifying for the World Cup and they were undefeated on home soil, but did lose to Costa Rica and Mexico south of the border.
The Americans showed that they could keep up with the elite teams when they made the finals of the Confederations Cup last June. There is no lack of hustle with the team and they have the will to do well this summer. Goalie Tim Howard of Everton is solid and striker Landon Donovan are no strangers to playing in big matches and each will have to do well for the USA to progress to the playoffs.
The one main weakness of the Americans is that they are not good at creating scoring chances off runs. Donovan and Clint Dempsey are two guys that can create, but the midfielders lack the ability to set up the strikers up front. Donovan is the big gun for the USA and if he is thwarted on the attack do not look for the Americans to score a lot of goals.
Head coach Bob Bryan has had his share of criticism in the past, but has a solid record in the past few years. Sometimes he plays a little too conservative and he may have to open up the play, especially when they face England and Slovenia.
The USA has shown they can play with the elite teams of the world, but getting out of group play is their major goal and one they should be able to reach.
They will likely not beat England, but their big match may be against Slovenia, as the winner has a good chance to snag the 2nd place in the group and make it out of Group C.
USA World Cup Schedule
6/12/2010 England vs. USA
6/18/2010 Slovenia vs. USA
6/23/2010 USA vs. Algeria