There are no world stars in the US National Soccer team that are preparing to take on the world's best in South Africa.
But what the Yanks do have in abundance is professionalism; their progress will not be spoilt by ego.
Where the gifted Dutch have a reputation for ruining their own chances with in-fighting and factions the Yanks are a well drilled and tight group.
They may lack the flair of the Brazilians or the depth of talent in the Argentinian squad, but they are, in my opinion, about to start the tournament by issuing shock defeat onto the English.
As a fervent fan of England and one who has experienced far more lows that highs, it seems only natural for England to fail to beat a well managed and organised opposition. It's happened before.
But that simplistic view does the US an injustice, as I feel they will put constant pressure on a fragile English back line and will, as a result, cause it to break.
England are also being set up to fall as many of the players who have been expected to shine have been in woeful form recently—Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard, and Milner to name a few.
The loss of Ferdinand is not really as big a blow in the footballing sense as some suggest as he has been on the sidelines for most of the season anyway. But nevertheless, a loss such as this so late is a definite psychological blow.
The countless number of senior players who have failed to live up to their promise on the international stage for years still hold sway and are yet another Achilles heal.
Pulling all of this together leaves me with only one prediction: a US win.
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