by Michael Cree
Who will prevail in this transatlantic rivalry between England and the U.S.? Guest blogger Michael Cree reveals which team he thinks will come out on top. For more in-depth coverage of the World Cup, go to BBC.com/sport. – KW
England, USA, Slovenia, and Algeria
For the first time in recent memory, the U.S. will have a real chance of getting out of this group. But while most of the attention will be focused on the U.S.’s opening game with England, it’ll be the results of the Algeria/Slovenia match that’ll matter most to U.S. coach Bob Bradley‘s team. Against England, they will most likely be beaten. The English, one of the favorites for the tournament, have an abundance of strength across their side and in Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, one of the best strikers in the world.
Assuming that England finishes top of the group (and they will), the U.S. must scrap for the second spot. Both Slovenia and Algeria had to come through play-offs to qualify, but they will be no push-overs. Algeria, in particular, playing in their home continent, are a busy team and dangerous on the counter-attack. But if the U.S, led by key players Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, and goalkeeper Tim Howard, can muster the same passion, skill, and togetherness that marked their run to last year’s Confederations Cup Final, they should have enough to get out of the group.