Pitch Dish

US Must Win or Tie Ghana To Advance

(And preferably win)

From a US perspective, whenever they have lost their first game, they have failed to advanced past the group stage. Conversely, when they have won or tied their first game, they have moved on to the next round.

World-wide, the statistics confirm this trend:

Going back to World Cup 1998, when the tournament expanded to 32 teams and just two teams per group were able to advance, only nine percent of teams that lost their first World Cup game (4 of 46) advanced to the knockout stage. Meanwhile, a tie in the first game was hardly a killer—56 percent of those teams (20 of 36) advanced from their group.

The best thing to do, of course, is to win your first game. From ’98 on, a whopping 87 percent of teams that have gotten three points from game one (40 of 46) have advanced to the Round of 16. (One of the few exceptions was the Czech Republic, which failed to advance after beating the U.S. in the 2006 World Cup opener.)

So, do you think we can beat Ghana?

with your friends!

Read More: soccer.si.com

6 Comments

  1. Tommy Melton

    June 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    We can win!

  2. Volker Dost

    June 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    U S A 2 Ghana 1

  3. Arthur Jess Alvarado Jr.

    June 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Win we can says Yoda

  4. Jonathan Munoz

    June 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I believe that we will win!

  5. Martin Guzman

    June 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    #USA3Ghana0

  6. Pitchdish.com

    June 13, 2014 at 3:30 am

    #IBelieve

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