While unlikely, it is still very possible for the US to win the 2010 World Cup.
If the US does not win first in Group B, you can say goodbye. The US has a [very tiny] chance to win if the only difficult game the US has to play is the Final, but if it has to play against Germany in the Second Round, then another hard team in the Semi-Finals, it has no chance of making it to the finals, let alone winning the Cup.
Here's a break down of how the US can win:
First, the United States MUST defeat England and win the first round. If that happens, fate and luck may allow the US to progress to the knockout rounds:
2ND ROUND: If the US is first place in GROUP C, then they will play either GHANA, AUSTRALIA, or SERBIA. Ghana and the Aussies would be easy opponents, and a win over the Serbs is a possibility too.
QUARTER FINALS: If FRANCE doesn't win first in Group A, than it is possible that the US could play against either MEXICO, URUGUAY, or NIGERIA. Historically, the US has done well against Mexico, and Nigeria wouldn't have a chance against the Americans. Uruguay might be more difficult.
SEMI-FINALS: It is very possible, though unlikely, for the QF winner to play either PARAGUAY, CAMEROON , or SLOVAKIA. The US has a fairly decent chance in defeating any of these teams.
Other more difficult but still-possible-to-beat opponents in the 3rd Round (semifinals) would be CHILE. The US would be less likely to make it further if it had to play teams like Portugal, or Brazil in the 3rd Round.
FINAL: If the US managed to get easy teams to progress to here, it is most likely that they will be playing either Brazil, Spain, or Germany. The US usually does pretty well against Brazil (but normally loses just barely), and we've defeated Spain when they were #1 in the world.
Looking at history, the US has a chance indeed (though a rather small one), in winning.
I'm an American that likes soccer! ; )
· 10 years ago