The U.S. is in Group C with England and the United States is an underdog behind the favored English team in World Cup odds.
2010 World Cup betting lists England as a -325 favorite to win Group C. The United States is a distance second choice at 4-1. The United States is not bothered that they are an underdog. The U.S. team is ranked #14 in the world in FIFA’s world rankings. The United States got a lot of attention when they upset Spain in the Confederations Cup last summer. The United States will be an underdog in their opening match against England but U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard believes that might help the United States. "England will go into that game more worried about them selves," he said. "I think they'll respect us ... but I don't think they'll be overly concerned."
England and the United States have not met in a World Cup since 1950 when the U.S. won 1-0. It was another 40 years before the U.S. played in another World Cup while England won it all in 1966. This England team is getting a lot of respect as they are the third choice overall to win the title. England has big names like forward Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, midfielder Frank Lampard and defender John Terry from Chelsea and Steven Garrard from Liverpool. The United States has Howard in goal and forward Landon Donovan plus they also have forward Jozy Altidore from Hull and midfielder Clint Dempsey from Fulham.
A few years ago this would have been considered a major mismatch in soccer betting. It is not that way anymore. The United States is the underdog against England but they are not without a chance. Beating Spain and leading Brazil before losing 3-2 in the Confederations Cup has given the U.S. a lot of confidence. The United States has some players who can make an impact but if they are to beat England they will need Tim Howard to play superbly. The good news for the U.S. is that Howard is capable of playing great and stealing a match. The U.S. may be an underdog but they are very capable of springing some surprises in the 2010 World Cup.