I feel like i'm going to get downvoted to hell for this, but I believe this is probably the best time to make a bet on the USMNT not only getting out of their group but making a quarterfinal run past Senegal/Dutch/Ecuador. If the law of the masses is any indication, when everyone online is unanimously supportive, we're probably not that good. And coincidentally when everyone is saying our coach is an idiot (ok, fine, he's not Pep, but he's not THAT bad), we're probably not going to lose every game and not score a single goal. So...with our stock at an all time low, i'm ready to place a $500 bet at 100:1 odds that the USA wins the world cup, a $250 bet at 2:1 we get out of the group, and a $100 bet at 5:1 odds we get to the quarters. Here's why.
Goal: Turner was the one highlight this camp and he'll only get more minutes with arsenal to sharpen up.
CB: Zimmermann is good, and his pairing is our weakest spot on the field by far (striker close second). I hope it's Chris Richards, but we'll see. This does reasonably have me worried.
LB/RB: Dest and Jedi are a great combo, with Yedlin not that bad, and I really like Scally as depth. We're fine here.
Midfield: Please god give me just one game with Yusah, Adams, McKinnie. Just one. (or...ya know, switch it up and play a different formation but hey, it's GGG, he's got his system). I would sit Adams deeper in a 4-2-3-1, but i'm not the coach.
Forwards: What an amazing problem to have having to choose between Aaronson (my current fav player and who i'll be getting on the back of the blue jersey, which looks like it was designed by a middle schooler), Reyna (probably a super sub, but he's got time to earn his place and be healthy), weah, and pulisic.
Striker: ya ya, the years long search for a 9. Utterly stupid he didn't bring in Pefok, but whatever, hope he makes the plane and gets some minutes. Ferreria earned his starting place imo this camp, Sargent should come on and be dangerous, and Pepi will somehow come too. I just think there's way too much quality for our forwards not to create more chances than they have, with the intensity and craziness of the world cup, chances will come.
Walking through the schedule and expectations, a classic 0-0 first group stage game versus wales would be fine. Not ideal of course, but it'd be fine. Maybe we lose to England, but I'm thinking it could just as easily be 2-2. Iran is the only game that really matters and by then they could be out and I'll call a win here, ala Algeria in 2010.
If we get out of the group, either 1st or 2nd, we'll face Senegal/Dutch/Ecuador. Ya, the dutch are dangerous and Senegal has Mane, but a win here is not impossible.
After that it's either groups c and d, so Denmark, Tunisia, France, Australia (France or Denmark) and Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland (Mexico would be hilarious, but Argentina or Poland). Whereas Senegal or the Dutch we have a chance, France or whoever we meet is gonna be too much for us. I am starting to believe a semi final on home soil is a possibility tho in 2026!