The United States find themselves at the top of their group with 22 points after World Cup qualifying, following a shocking road victory over Panama in which they scored two stoppage time goals. The inchoate soccer nation clinched their spot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in September of 2013 as the Fourth Round winners of the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football).
The team qualified for the previous incarnation of the event back in 2010, and American soccer bettors are once again getting prepared to place their bets on this year’s events, though the World Cup soccer odds of their country winning are sure to be long.
The US Men’s National Team finished their 2013 schedule with their only losses coming against Costa Rica and Honduras, and a draw to Mexico on March 26. They went on to beat Mexico later in September by a margin of 2-0. They also finished as the goal differential leaders in their group, with a differential of +7, as well as the goal scoring leaders with 15 goals for.
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be the United States’ tenth appearance in the prestigious competition. The best the North American nation has ever done is a third place finish all the way back in 1930. Their ten trips to the competition are tied with the Netherlands, Switzerland and Russia (Formerly the USSR) — good company for a country not normally associated with the sport.
Their third place finish in 1930 also bests Russia’s and Switzerland’s best showings of all time, but falls short of the Netherlands’ three runner-up efforts.
The US is currently the 13th ranked nation according to FIFA, and is still a long shot to get it done in Brazil next year. That said, Americans familiarizing themselves with the sport and the culture will be nonetheless excited to watch their boys play for it all on soccer’s biggest stage.