These predictions are based on absolutely nothing…other than my unparalleled soccer expertize. Like many, I’m not feeling too optimistic about about this tournament after the last two qualifiers. My predictions for Team America…
Record: 0-0-3 (0 pts.)
Goals for/against: 1-6
Leading goal scorer: Giuseppe Rossi, 3 goals. Oh wait…hmm…I’m gonna figure that a defender scores our lone goal on a set piece…let’s say Carlos Bocanegra.
Cards leader: Michael Bradley with 2 yellows in 3 games.
Overall: I think we’re going to get smoked in one of the big two games (0-3 or something like that), keep it close but lose in the other big game (0-1…which will result in some sort of “moral victory” that keeps The World’s Best-Educated Football Coach™ off the hot seat for a while longer), and then we’ll lose to Egypt in the final game (1-2).
Game 3: This will be a fairly even game with both teams needing the points (Egypt will upset Brazil but lose to Italy). The US will find the go-ahead goal in the second half, but it won’t be enough. Brazil beats Italy 4-1 to take the second spot out of the group on goal differential.