U.S. tops knockout round GKs
Yanks are underdogs with best chance to win outright in round of 16
When we went prospecting for Giant Killers before the start of the World Cup, we relied on a few basic principles. First, we asked whether a team might be underrated or overrated if there was a large gap between its FIFA rating and more objective measures of strength, such as ESPN's Soccer Power Index or Elo Ratings. Then we discussed the statistical importance of preventing the first goal, and doubled down on underdogs that would make every effort to shut out their opponents.
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