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United States World Cup Odds


Claudio Fortuna

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the USA has made amends this time around.

They will take their place in Qatar after qualifying in third from the CONCACAF region.

Before 2018, the USA had made the last 16 in the previous two World Cups and that will certainly be the aim once again this winter.

A third-placed finish in qualifying, behind Canada and Mexico, might be considered a disappointment by some, but Gregg Berhalter’s side was largely consistent.

In 14 qualifying games, they lost only three times, going down narrowly to Canada, Costa Rica, and Panama. Their record of 21 goals scored was the second-best in qualifying, while they conceded 10, slightly more than their closest rivals.

Standout performances included a two-goal defeat of Mexico, a 5-1 thrashing of Panama, and comfortable wins against bottom side Honduras.

Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic finished as the top scorer with five goals, which included a hat-trick against Panama.

USA Team Odds To Win World Cup

The USA’s best performance in a World Cup came when they finished third back in 1930.

In more recent times they have struggled to progress deep into the competition, making the quarter-finals only once in 2002.

The vast majority of squad players that featured in qualifying were in their 20s, which shows what a youthful USA team this is.

Most of them will be experiencing their first World Cup, so expectations should be tempered accordingly.

The Stars and Stripes are currently to win the World Cup and are surrounded by teams like Mexico, Serbia, and Poland in the market.

In the group stage, they will face England, Iran, and Wales.

Winning the group may prove a tough ask at 5/1 (+500), with England strong odds-on favourites, but the USA will hold high hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds as runners-up at odds of EVS (+100).

A run to the quarter-finals would equal their best recent result, achieved at the 2002 Japan-South Korea World Cup, and they are 4/1 (+400) – original odds: 9/2 (+450) – to make it that far.

A top-eight finish would surely be regarded as a success by USA fans, but if they are to go deeper in the competition, they are 14/1 (+1400) to make the semi-finals and 50/1 (+5000) – original odds: 40/1 (+4000) – to go all the way to the final.

How To Bet On USA Team In Qatar

The USA has what looks like a tricky draw for this year’s World Cup, but with the likes of Christian Pulisic among their ranks, could this be the year they reach another quarter-final?

Whether you’re going to bet on the North American nation to reach the last eight or simply beat Iran, it’s important to decipher how each betting market works when it comes to football, as there can be many to get your head around.

It’s all about making sure you pick the right bets at the right time – so here’s a collection of popular types of bets to think about when betting on the USA in Qatar this winter.

Player Prop Bets

The aforementioned Christian Pulisic is a key man for the USA, so you may wish to focus your betting on him to assist a goal during a game for his nation.

This would count as a player prop bet, which are bets based on a player’s performance during a game.

Team Prop Bets

With the USA coming up against Iran in their group, you may instead want to back the North Americans to do the job.

For example, you could bet on them to win and keep a clean sheet against Iran, which would count as a team prop bet, which are bets based on a team’s performance during a game.

Asian Handicap

The Asian handicap is a market that gives a handicap to one team and so brings the odds closer together.

If the USA were facing Iran at the World Cup, for example, the handicap might be two and a half goals, with the USA as favourites on -2.5 goals and Iran on +2.5 goals.

Come the final whistle, whichever nation has scored the most goals with the handicap applied is the winner. If the USA were to defeat Iran 1-0 and you bet on them to win with the -2.5 handicap, you would not win the bet.

Goal Lines

If you felt like the USA was likely to score a number of goals in their game against Iran, you may want to focus on the goal lines bet market.

This allows you to bet on the total number of goals that will be scored in a match.

During a USA game against Iran, you might want to bet on there being over 3.5 goals to be scored in total, given you were backing the North Americans to dominate the goalmouth.

Totals Bets

Using USA’s game against England as another example, in this match, a bookmaker may expect there to be a total of four goals scored during the game.

Through a totals bet you would be able to bet on whether you think there will be more or fewer goals scored in the game than four.

How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On United States

If you’ve decided after reading the above that the USA is the team for you to place a few bets on this winter, you next need to select a bookmaker to register with.

Once you’ve found one with an offer or promotion that appeals, set up an account, and add your USA World Cup bet to your online betting slip before placing it.

Just ensure that you follow these five simple steps as you go along:

  1. Select your odds and add them to your on-screen betting slip.
  2. Choose how much money you want to put behind your bet before inputting in the figure.
  3. Ensure you’ve deposited the relevant amount of money into your account for the bet.
  4. Now you are ready to click the ‘place bet’ button and you should then receive confirmation of the bet having been placed.
  5. You might be offered ‘cash out’ options before the end of the match, so keep an eye on your betting slip throughout the game.

United States Team Overview For Qatar

The USA will be heading to Qatar this winter aiming to do their fans proud after they missed out on the 2018 World Cup.

For many years the USA has been considered a potential giant in the world of international football.

The MLS has continued to improve in quality and while it hasn’t been an overnight transformation, the USA is now well capable of reaching the knockout rounds at any World Cup.

This current group of players will be eager to impress, but will they have the experience to go deep in the competition?

Key Football Players

As mentioned, this is a very young USA squad, and at 24 years old Christian Pulisic is the youngest player to captain the USA at a World Cup, and one of the youngest captains in the history of the competition.

The Chelsea forward is also USA’s talisman and chief goal-getter, having netted five times in qualifying, and had another good campaign last season in the Premier League, scoring six times.

19-year-old Augsburg striker Ricardo Pepi featured 10 times during qualifying, scoring three goals, so he could be set to partner Pulisic up front.

Add in Timothy Weah and the USA have a pacey and bright attacking line that should be capable of causing defences problems.

The USA usually plays a 4-3-3 system which relies on a holding player in the centre of midfield. In qualifying that task usually fell to RB Leipzig defensive midfielder Tyler Adams, but they have an assured replacement in Kellyn Acosta too.

In defence, left-back Antonee Robinson started all but one of their qualifying fixtures. The 25-year-old defender got on the scoresheet twice and ended the campaign as a joint-top provider, with three assists, showing his importance to the team.

Miles Robinson and Walker Zimmerman have fostered a good partnership in central defence, but showed that they could be vulnerable at times in qualifying.

The defensive side of things is likely to be where the USA require work if they are to make an impact in Qatar.

Injury List

One name on the injury list that will give USA coach Gregg Berhalter some sleepless nights is Miles Robinson, who recently ruptured his Achilles tendon when playing for MLS side Atlanta United.

It’s likely he won’t recover in time for the World Cup, and he would be a big loss for his side defensively.

Others on the injury list who are likely to return this summer include midfielder Giovanni Reyna and striker Konrad de la Fuente.

Strikers Josh Sargent and Jordan Siebatcheu are likely to be longer-term absences and their return date is not yet known. 

Meanwhile, Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie is in a race to be fit for their first group stage game after suffering a quad strain in late October. 

Coaching & Technical Staff

The USA is led by coach Gregg Berhalter, who during his playing career had spells at Crystal Palace and 1860 Munich.

He was also capped 44 times for his country and became head coach in 2018 after the USA had failed to qualify for the World Cup that summer.

In the main, he has improved the USA team, and the statistics back that up with Berhalter having a 68 percent win rate from his 50 games in charge.

He likes to play attacking football, as shown by his side scoring at an average rate of over two goals a game.

In 2021 USA appointed ex-FC Dallas boss Luchi Gonzalez as their assistant coach. The 41-year-old ended his playing career early to go into coaching, working as academy director at FC Dallas before taking the top job in 2018.

In three years as boss, Gonzalez struggled to make an impact in Texas but has struck up a good association with Berhalter to date.

USA Team Road To Qatar

USA’s road to Qatar was one without much drama.

They began slowly with draws against El Salvador and Canada in September last year, but victories over Honduras and Jamaica helped settle the nerves.

A surprising loss to Panama might have worried fans, but a run of four games unbeaten followed and the Stars and Stripes managed to maintain their form to qualify in third place.

They were outscored by Canada in qualifying, and the fact that their rivals finished above them too will be something of a source of discontent for USA fans.

However, in the main, they achieved what they set out to – a return to the World Cup for the first time in eight years.

United States’ World Cup History

USA’s introduction to the World Cup in the inaugural competition in 1930 was a memorable one as they achieved their best-ever finish of third, losing to Argentina in the semi-finals.

From 1950 to 1990, the USA endured a 40-year drought where they didn’t appear at a single World Cup.

That run was broken in Italy in 1990, and in the following World Cup, in front of their home fans, they made the knockout rounds, losing narrowly to eventual winners Brazil in the last 16.

The 2002 World Cup squad included USA legends like Landon Donovan, their highest-scoring player at the World Cup with five goals, Claudio Reyna, Damarcus Beasley, and Brad Friedel.

It was a competition that saw them achieve their best-ever finish since 1930, as they made the quarter-finals, losing to Germany.The

The USA made the knockout rounds in 2010 and 2014 before failing to qualify last time. They’ll be hoping to at least match the efforts of eight years ago in Qatar.

American Fans

With so many different popular sports, football, or soccer, usually comes quite far down the list in terms of followers in the USA.

That’s not to suggest that fans of the national team are any less passionate. They have an unofficial group of fans called the American Outlaws who were formed to strengthen support at games, and who EPSN has described as a “raucous group”.

Expect to see a sea of red, white and blue and the star and stripes flying high when the USA takes to the field in Qatar.


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