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USA World Cup odds: Sportsbooks rooting against the Americans

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Jozy Altidore, left, and Michael Bradley face a formidable first World Cup foe in Ghana, with the game a close call for oddsmakers.

The U.S. men's national team hasn’t done much with its recent play to instill fear in the hearts of foes in Group G.

But the vast amount of wagering on the United States to win World Cup 2014 has struck some anxiety and fear in the hearts of one group of people – sportsbook operators.

The USA is going off at 100-1 to win the World Cup, according to most sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, but there is so much patriotic, long-shot money behind them that a victory would be disastrous for Vegas and other betting shops.

"Put it this way, if they won every game and won the tournament, it would probably be the worst result in history for any sportsbook,” Kevin Bradley of Bovada.lv told OddsShark.com “So we don’t mind if the Group of Death kills them off early."

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The strength of this USA club comes in its midfield, which is led by Michael Bradley. Bradley is an excellent attacking midfielder who has developed a lot since making a name for himself back in the 2010 World Cup.

Group G was a nightmare draw for the United States with World Cup favorite Germany (-150 to win the group), Portugal (+250) and Ghana (+900). Ghana, the supposed weakest team of the three, has eliminated the United States from each of the last two World Cups and looks to be in fine form after smashing South Korea 4-0 in a recent friendly.

The USA is going off at +900 to win Group G at Bovada, but the real odds are longer. The line is lower because so many fans are betting on the Americans.

The USA is currently going off at -350 to be eliminated in the group stage and +250 to advance to the knockout stage.

Oddsmakers have the game between the United States and Ghana as a true pick'em on the two-way line and at +170 each on the three-way line, with +220 odds on a draw.

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