A pair of World Cup teams coming off impressive victories square off Sunday when the United States Men's National Team hosts Uruguay in an international friendly. The United States took on Morocco in Cincinnati on Wednesday night and came away with a 3-0 win, while Uruguay won by the same score Thursday night in Phoenix. At World Cup 2022, team USA is part of a group that also includes England, Wales and Iran, while Uruguay is grouped with Portugal, Ghana and South Korea. The teams have met twice in official matches, with La Celeste winning one and the other ending in a 1-1 draw. The USMNT has a 2-3-1 edge overall, with the last a 1-1 draw in a 2019 friendly in St. Louis.
The match is set for 5 p.m. ET at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The latest USMNT vs. Uruguay odds from Caesars Sportsbook list Uruguay as the slight +165 favorite (risk $100 to win $165) on the 90-minute money line in. The United States is a +185 underdog, a regulation draw is priced at +200 and the Over/Under for total goals is set at 2.5. Before locking in your USMNT vs. Uruguay picks, you need to see what SportsLine soccer insider Brandt Sutton has to say.
Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine's top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most-informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Sutton has also been on a roll with his best bets, going 94-72 in his last 166 soccer picks, returning more than $2,400 for $100 bettors.
Now, Sutton has broken down USMNT vs. Uruguay from every angle and just revealed his picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Uruguay vs. USMNT:
- USMNT vs. Uruguay spread: Uruguay -0.5 (+160)
- USMNT vs. Uruguay Over/Under: 2.5 goals
- USMNT vs. Uruguay money line: USMNT +185, Uruguay +165, Draw +200
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- USMNT: It has a 21-3 goal advantage in its past 10 home matches.
- Uruguay: It had an even goal difference (22-22) in 18 WCQ games.
Why you should back the United States
The Americans should be eager for this test as they prepare for what they hope to be a successful World Cup. Christian Pulisic has been the star of the show for a few years now, and he was in the middle of the action Wednesday as the Chelsea player created the space and assisted on Brenden Aaronson's goal in the 26th minute against Morocco, then drew a penalty in the 64th. Rather than take it himself, he gave Haji Wright the chance, and the 24-year-old converted. That selflessness along with his clear talent make Pulisic the leader of the team.
The Americans are 22-2-0 in their past 24 matches on home soil, since a 1-0 loss to Mexico in the 2019 Gold Cup final in Chicago. They are 8-1-0 in Kansas City since 2011, outscoring their opponents 20-3, and the Americans have been a strong team early in games, scoring eight first-half goals in their past nine matches while conceding just two. Aaronson has six goals in 19 matches with the USMNT, while Pulisic is the leader with 21 in 49 games. Weston McKennie, who has nine in 32 games, is recovering from a broken foot and came in off the bench Wednesday.
Why you should back Uruguay
La Celeste has won five straight games since manager Diego Alonso spent the closing matches of qualifying trying some new tactics. It lost four in a row, three of those to Argentina and Brazil, but it has been dominant since as Sergio Rochet has four clean sheets during the five-game win streak but had to make just 12 saves. The USMNT, on the other hand, allowed eight shots on target in Wednesday's game alone, so Edinson Cavani and Co. should get plenty of chances. Cavani scored twice Thursday night against Mexico, and he has 56 career goals for La Celeste.
The 35-year-old Cavani, who has 341 career club goals, is holding down the attack with Luis Suarez resting for the World Cup. Darwin Nunez and Maxi Gomez bring youth to the attack, and Nunez had 26 goals this season with Benfica. The fullbacks also play a key role, with the likes of Mathias Olivera and Damian Suarez able to push forward but still help captain Diego Godin hold the line. Uruguay will play in its fourth straight World Cup, and it has reached the knockout stage in the past three. It ranks three spots lower than the USA in the FIFA rankings at No. 16.
How to make Uruguay vs. USMNT picks
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