Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ridge Mahoney's World Cup Predictions
by Ridge Mahoney, June 11th, 2014 4:22PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  men's national team, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

By Ridge Mahoney
(@ridgemax)

Will the USA get out of Group G?

No. The USA is in a transformative stage and is going up against too much talent and experience. It is making great strides under Jurgen Klinsmann and won’t awed by the three strong teams it faces in group play, but its propensity for errors will be too costly to overcome.

SA World Cup Previews:
Mike Woitalla:  Group A
Ridge Mahoney: Group B
Mike Woitalla: Group C
Ridge Mahoney: Group D
Paul Kennedy: Group E
Mike Woitalla: Group F
Paul Kennedy:  Group H

Who will win the World Cup?

Germany. It is due, after near-misses in the past two tournaments and has the players strong enough to withstand the fanatical crowds and tough opposition and marginal refereeing decisions. The political and competitive pressure will be too much for Brazil; Spain and Argentina will play impressively but fall just short.



Who will be the World Cup MVP?

Though Argentina will fall just short of the ultimate prize, Lionel Messi reaffirms his place as the best player in the world.

What will be the storyline of the World Cup?

The spectacle in Brazil will be unmatched and an unprecedented six representatives give South American teams their best chance to compare themselves against the rest of the world, but domestic issues and uncertainty regarding the next two World Cups just won’t go away.


2 comments
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: June 11, 2014 at 9:15 p.m.
    Totally agree with every sentence of RM's analysis of the US prospects and current status.
  1. Kevin Leahy
    commented on: June 12, 2014 at 6:38 a.m.
    You have had too much of the punch if, you think Germany is going to win this World Cup!

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Confidential
The 'evolution' of RSL continues with Waibel's promotion    
The promotion of Craig Waibel to general manager marks another step in the reign of owner ...
Maitre Carrard and the FIFA scandal involving not so few rogues    
Former IOC director general Francois Carrard's comments about American soccer -- "an ethnic sport for girls ...
Colorado Rapids search for relevance in tough conference    
MLS Cup champion five years ago, Colorado hasn't been able to attain a spot among the ...
MLS Sack Race heads toward finish line without a winner -- um, loser    
Friday's announcement out of Tampa Bay that Rowdies owner Bill Edwards had fired president and general ...
MLS's budding rivalry knows no borders    
They are separated by an international boundary and more than 1,700 miles, yet FC Dallas and ...
Philadelphia Union seemingly entrapped in dark bubble    
Midseason signings have ratcheted up the playoff pressure in both conferences, and one of those teams ...
Qualifying for the Olympics will be no sure thing    
Olympic qualifying has been an essential part of the U.S. men's national team program for more ...
New weapons bolster Earthquakes with ground to make up    
San Jose's push for the playoffs has been strengthened by addition of Panamanian international Anibal Goday ...
Unsettled picture puts cloud over U.S. national team's playoff prospects    
The USA-Mexico match for a place in the 2017 Confederations Cup is eight weeks away, but ...
Expanded MLS playoff field hasn't diminished intensity of regular-season games    
More teams, 12, will make the playoffs this season than ever before, and those extra spots ...
>> Soccer America Confidential Archives