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Reinforcements Give USMNT a Massive Edge in Gold Cup Quarters

Despite dropping points in just one game during group play, there was talk of underachievement for Team USA and manager Bruce Arena was forced to make wholesale changes to the roster, calling up the likes of Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Tim Howard. Since bringing in the reinforcements, confidence is sky-high in the American locker room with a quarterfinal matchup against El Salvador up next for the Yanks.

SHARK BITES
  • The USMNT has an all-time record of 14-4-0 against El Salvador.
  • El Salvador was beaten 3-1 by Mexico in the group stage.
  • The USMNT call-ups have scored a total of 111 international goals.

These two nations have met at the Gold Cup five times since 1996 and the Americans have trotted to five wins, outscoring La Selecta 17-1 in those matches. Bovada has pegged the USA as an enormous -550 moneyline favorite in the Round of 8 contest with El Salvador coming back at +1100.

Even without the support of the 500-plus international caps they welcomed, the Americans would’ve been heavy chalk against an international soccer program they’ve never lost against.

With the makeup of the first team getting a facelift, it’s possible that it takes a half of football for the Yanks to get on the same page. I expect a long feeling-out phase from the USA and the may fail to score in the first 45.

A bet on the score to be 0-0 at the halfway whistle is returning odds of +260 with 1-0 and 2-0 halftime score lines being offered at respective lines of +205 or +450.

El Salvador basically has no chance to best the red, white and blue on home soil and if they concede early on, Wednesday’s match could be an ugly one for the visitors.

2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP: USA vs El Salvador
PlayerSpreadMoneylineTotal Sets
USA-1.5 (-130)-550OVER 3 (-105)
El Salvador+1.5 (EVEN)+1100UNDER 3 (-130)
Draw +500 

Odds as of July 18 at Bovada

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