USMNT has by far the easiest path to the semi-finals

Submitted by brad on June 23rd, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Ghana, then the winner of South Korea/Uruguay


Compare that to:

England (Germany, Argentina), and vice versa with Germany

Argentina (Mexico, Germany/England), and vice versa with Mexico

Groups E-H have the top five teams in the world, according to FIFA.


I'm not saying they will actually make the last four, but the path could not have worked out more favorably.



June 23rd, 2010 at 6:04 PM ^

Ghana needed a very fortunate handball/penalty late in the game to beat Serbia (there was no danger and the flailing defender just happened to hit the ball).  They got another penalty (one they did do more to earn) against Australia and got to play against ten men for 65 minutes but only managed a draw.  The only reason they advanced is because Australia got butt-slammed by Germany in the opening game.

Not saying the game will be easy but I'd rather play a team that hasn't scored from the run of play and is missing its best player than have to face Germany (or pretty much any other team that will be in the Round of 16).


June 23rd, 2010 at 6:24 PM ^

We needed 91 minutes to beat Algeria because the refs were terrible.  We shouldve had a goal earlier, but it was disallowed.  We were the better team for most of that match, which can translate into wins if we capitalize on these opportunities in the next rounds.


June 23rd, 2010 at 7:46 PM ^

the point is that we should be putting teams like Algeria away.  True, we dominated that game, but we still couldn't score.  I always hate the "we would have won except for all these mistakes" argument.  Great teams don't miss that many scoring opportunities.  Great teams don't get down 2 goals to Slovenia.

Look, at some level were talking past each other.  Yes, we have an easier route to the semis than the average team.  But it would be a fallacy to interpret this as an "easy route" in the absolute sense.  This is all I was trying to point out.

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June 23rd, 2010 at 5:39 PM ^

Uruguay is a very good team, and although Ghana lack a cutting edge they have looked very tough to play thus far.  The pressing by their forwards today against Germany was very impressive.  I'm worried about the US backline giving the ball away in dangerous situations when facing that kind of pressure.  Although they are a young team I think Ghana will match the US for work rate and athleticsm,  Should be extremely fun to watch.


June 23rd, 2010 at 5:43 PM ^

we don't match up well with either U R Gay or Korea and I'm not sure we have the D to stop Ghana if they play like they did in the first half today.