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USA odds to win World Cup 2022: Predicted Squads, Route To The Final & Ranking

By Andrew Francis

Published: 9:47, 15 September 2022 | Updated: 13:19, 22 September 2022

The Latest USA Odds to Win the World Cup

Betting Market 888 Sport Paddy Power Sky Bet
USA to win World Cup 100/1 100/1 100/1
USA to reach semi-final 14/1 14/1 12/1
USA to reach quarter-final 9/2 9/2 7/2
USA to win Group B 6/1 6/1 5/1
Christian Pulisic World Cup Golden Boot Odds 100/1 66/1

 


Our Recommended USA Bet for World Cup 2022

With the USA favourites to advance from Group B alongside England, they could face a tough tie against Senegal in the Round of 16. It’s certainly a winnable match and could set up a potential quarter-final against France. That feels like too big a hurdle for this USA side, and 9/2 for the Americans to be knocked out at the quarter-final stage looks good value.


USA Route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar

Group Stage Fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date*
vs Wales Al Rayyan Stadium 19:00, 21/11
vs England Al Bayt Stadium 19:00, 25/11
vs Iran Al Thumama Stadium 19:00, 29/11
*All times GMT

USA’s toughest opponent in a competitive Group B will surely be England, but Wales will also provide a stern test for the Stars & Stripes. There is certainly plenty of intrigue around every contest in this group and, whilst USA should be qualifying from Group B, it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see them crashing out in the group stages. 

Who Could USA meet in the knockout rounds?

If USA were able to win Group B, they’d face the nation who finish second in Group A, consisting of Netherlands, Ecuador, Senegal and hosts, Qatar. Netherlands are favourites to win Group A, with Senegal the bookies’ favourite to finish second. If USA make it past that test, they could face an incredibly tough run to World Cup glory with potential matches against France, Germany and Brazil on the cards for them.

If they win Group B Potential Opponent
Round of 16 vs Senegal
Quarter-Final vs France
Semi-Final vs Germany
Final vs Brazil

 

A second place finish in Group B would see USA take on the winners of Group A, with Netherlands looking the most likely opponent in the Round of 16. The route to the World Cup Final isn’t any easier for USA if they finish in second, with the might of Argentina, Brazil and France standing in the way of them lifting the famous trophy.

If they come runners up in Group B Potential Opponent
Round of 16 vs Netherlands
Quarter-Final vs Argentina
Semi-Final vs Brazil
Final vs France

 


Our Predicted USA World Cup 2022 Squad

Player  Position Age Club
Ethan Horvath Goalkeeper 27 Luton Town
Matt Turner Goalkeeper 28 Arsenal
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper 33 New York City FC
Aaron Long Defender 29 New York Red Bulls
Antonee Robinson Defender 25 Fulham
Cameron Carter-Vickers Defender 24 Celtic
DeAndre Yedlin Defender 29 Inter Miami
Joe Scally Defender 19 Borussia Monchengladbach
Reggie Cannon Defender 24 Boavista
Sam Vines Defender 23 Antwerp
Sergino Dest Defender 21 AC Milan
Walker Zimmerman Defender 29 Nashville SC
Giovanni Reyna Midfielder 19 Borussia Dortmund
Kellyn Acosta Midfielder 27 Los Angeles FC
Luca de la Torre Midfielder 24 Celta Vigo
Malik Tillman Midfielder 20 Rangers
Tyler Adams Midfielder 23 Leeds United
Weston McKennie Midfielder 24 Juventus
Yunus Musah Midfielder 19 Valencia
Brenden Aaronson Forward 21 Leeds United
Christian Pulisic Forward 23 Chelsea
Jesus Ferreira Forward 21 FC Dallas
Josh Sargent  Forward 22 Norwich City
Paul Arriola Forward 27 FC Dallas
Ricardo Pepi Forward 19 Groningen
Timothy Weah Forward 22 Lille

USA players on the cusp of the squad

  • Zack Steffen (27)  – Middlesbrough – Goalkeeper
  • Erik Palmer-Brown (25) – Troyes – Defender
  • George Bello (20) – Arminia Bielefeld – Defender
  • Cristian Roldan (29) – Seattle Sounders – Midfielder
  • James Sands (22) – Rangers – Midfielder
  • Jackson Yueill (25) – San Jose Earthquake – Midfielder
  • Gianluca Busio (20) – Venezia – Midfielder
  • Sebastian Lletget (30) FC Dallas – Midfielder
  • Gyasi Zardes (31) – Colorado Rapids – Forward
  • Jordan Morris (27) – Seattle Sounders – Forward
  • Matthew Hoppe (21) – Middlesbrough – Forward

USA Players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

USA Top World Cup Golden Boot Contender –  Christian Pulisic

USA’s best hopes of success in Qatar seem to rest on the shoulders of Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea forward is likely to be the highest-scoring player within the squad, scoring 21 times in 51 appearances. His time as Chelsea, whilst not being a disaster, hasn’t gone as smoothly as he would’ve hoped and there were rumours that he would leave the club this summer. He remains at Stamford Bridge, though, and has 19 goals in 80 appearances for the Blues but has yet to score in seven matches this season — a worry as he looks for form ahead of the World Cup.

USA Player to watch – Giovanni Reyna

There’s an influx of young talent coming through the ranks of the United States system and, potentially, the one with the highest ceiling is Giovanni Reyna. The 19 year old comes from good stock, with his dad, Claudio, being capped 112 times for his country. Reyna is in one of the best places he could be, being nurtured at Borussia Dortmund, where he has come through the academy system to become part of the first team squad. If he’s given the chance, he could make a big impact in Qatar this winter.

USA Emerging player to look out for – Yunus Musah

There was a tug of war over Yunus Musah in 2020, with four nations all vying to give the youngster his first cap. He was eligible for USA, England, Italy and Ghana and, having played multiple games through the England Youth ranks, many expected him to turn out with Three Lions on his chest. Instead he opted to accept a call up from the USMNT. He’s played 19 times since that call-up and has established himself as a starting central midfielder alongside Tyler Adams. He’s also become an integral part of the Valencia starting eleven and should definitely be on your radar for players to keep an eye on in Qatar.


USA Tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup

USA have played a 4-3-3 formation fairly consistently through their qualifying campaign, even if certain personnel haven’t been available. The Concacaf confederation isn’t the strongest, which allowed the side to control the majority of their games and, with a wealth of talent playing in both MLS and Europe, USA will be looking to carry that over into the group stages against both Wales and Iran.

Tyler Adams is key to the way USA play, sitting deep and dictating play, allowing Musah and Brenden Aaronson more freedom to move higher up the pitch. Gio Reyna and Pulisic are likely to switch wings at times and both will be fairly narrow when in possession, allowing the full backs to provide more of the width. Jesus Ferreira has been the preferred option through qualifying and has seven goals in just 13 games since making his debut in 2020.


USA FAQ’s

Where are USA in the Fifa World Rankings?

USA are currently 14th in the Fifa World Rankings, whilst their highest ever ranking was 4th in April 2006.

Who is the USA Manager?

Gregg Berhalter was appointed as head coach in 2018 following a spell in charge of Columbus Crew in MLS. Since being appointed he’s won 36 of the 54 matches he’s taken charge of and led his side to a Nations League title in 2020 and the Gold Cup in 2021.

Who is the current USA captain?

Tyler Adams is the man most often tasked with leading his side on the pitch. He secured a move to Leeds United in the summer of 2022, impressing in his early games under Jesse Marsch. His performances in Germany for RB Leipzig and for New York Red Bulls in MLS have won him plenty of plaudits and he’s expected to be a major part of the USA side in Qatar this winter.

How many times have USA won the World Cup? 

USA have never lifted the World Cup trophy but they achieved a semi final finish in 1930, the inaugural World Cup competition. In the modern era, they reached the quarter-final stage in 2002 before being knocked out by Germany.

How many times have USA competed in the World Cup?

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be their 11th appearance at a World Cup finals. They failed to qualify in 2018 but had qualified for the seven previous competitions.

Who has scored USA most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Landon Donovan has the most World Cup goals for USA, with five scored across two finals appearances in 2002 and 2010 — he blanked at the 2006 World Cup. Bert Patenaude (1930) and Clint Dempsey (2006, 2010, 2014) both have four.

Which player from USA has the most World Cup appearances?

Landon Donovan has also made the most World Cup appearances of any USMNT player, featuring 12 times across three tournaments from 2002-2010. Cobi Jones, Earnie Stewart and DaMarcus Beasley have 11 appearances each, with Beasley the only US player to feature in four World Cups.


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