Portugal vs USA – International Friendly : This Tuesday evening, in Leiria, Portugal, the Portuguese national team has another friendly scheduled…
This time against the United States…
Portugal, as we all know, ensured their presence on the World Cup in Russia next summer after finishing the group stage in 1st place of Group B with 27 points.
Their path during that campaign was 100% victorious, except for the trip to Switzerland, where they had the first and only loss of the group stage.
I really enjoy this Portugal’s generation that presents a mix of very experienced players, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe or Rui Patrício,
with some youngsters with a lot of talent and a bright future such as Bernardo Silva, João Mário, Gelson Martins, Gonçalo Guedes, amongst some others.
We can therefore state that the future of this national team is ensured.
The United States have made history, but on a negative aspect, since they had always been able to qualify for the World Cup since 1986.
On the Central and Northern America’s group, formed by 6 national teams, the Americans were able to get the “achievement” of finishing in 5th place.
Besides reaching this friendly still feeling heavily disappointed, the American roster presents, not only a lot of youth but some debuts as well.
Just look at Dempsey, Altidore, Wood, Pulisic and Bradley, the quintet that was responsible for 16 of the 17 goals they scored on the qualification stage, and none of them were even called-up for this friendly.
Portugal vs USA – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Portugal is in excellent form, and even not counting with Cristiano Ronaldo,
I believe they will get another safe win here, against an American team who is totally featureless and with the idea of failing to qualify for the World Cup still on their minds.
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