Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) looks on with a black eye during the first half of a 2014 World Cup game against Portugal at Arena Amazonia. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup odds 2014: USA remains longshot, but closing ground

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has thus far gone against conventional wisdom. Who would have thought that by their third game in the group stage, the defending champion Spanish national team would be ousted from the tournament having allowed seven goals? How about the fact that both Costa Rica and Colombia advanced after winning their first two games? The list just goes on in this wild World Cup.

In essence, this tournament has turned the Soccer world on its head, and we are only eleven days in. This coming Saturday, the knockout stage of the World Cup will commence and at that point truly anything can happen.

The United States national team was just 30 seconds from advancing to the knockout stage last night before Cristiano Ronaldo’s perfectly placed volley to the running Valera for the equalizing header in the 95th minute. With the draw last night, the USMNT will have to come up with some sort of result, whether it be a win or a draw, against a tough Germany team come Thursday.

Take a look at the odds for the USMNT to win the entire World Cup:

Well, the team is certainly moving in the right direction to say the least. While no one is picking the team to make it to the finals, it would be a huge feather in the cap of the USMNT to make it to the knockout stage and win a game.

From there, anything is possible.

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