The United States announced their preliminary roster for the World Cup which begins next month and there were no major surprise that impacted their Internet betting odds.
The U.S. is still considered a longshot in online betting to win the World Cup at odds of 55-1.
Internet betting odds list Spain as the favorite but there are a number of teams that could win the World Cup. The United States is not considered one of those teams although they do have some familiar names on their roster. One of the players that did not make the team is Charlie Davies who was in a bad car crash about seven months ago. He was trying to get healthy enough to make the team but head coach Bob Bradley did not include him on the roster. "Charlie has shown so much heart in his work to get back from his injuries," Bradley said, "We’ve monitored all his workouts. We’ve had people there. We’ve observed him and he remained part of the consideration right up until yesterday."
The United States opens up World Cup play against England on June 12th and they are Internet betting underdogs. While Davies did not make the roster there were a couple of surprises to Internet betting handicappers. Forwards Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Herculez Gomez of Mexico’s Puebla both made the team. Buddle leads the MLS so far this season with nine goals while Gomez led the Mexican league in scoring with ten goals.
Familiar names like Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Jozy Altidore and DaMarcus Beasley are on the team. Donovan is the star for the U.S. and he will need to have a great World Cup for the team to have a chance in online betting. Johnson is playing well as he scored three goals for Aris in the Greek playoffs. Beasley has continually been a disappointment and he has not even been starting for Glasgow Rangers. Also making the team was Houston forward Brian Ching who has not played since early April. Left off the team was Colorado forward Conor Casey and Aris’ Freddy Adu. Edgar Castillo and Jermaine Jones also did not make the squad.
Internet betting odds indicate that the United States has exhibition matches against the Czech Republic on May 25th and against Turkey on May 29th. When they get to South Africa the United States has an exhibition against Australia on June 5th.