USA received a humbling wake-up call on Saturday night against Jamaica, who made it clear that this version of the USMNT will need to be sharp to defend its 2021 Gold Cup championship.
The good news for interim boss B.J. Callaghan’s team is that even without its stars, this team’s next test — Wednesday night against FIFA’s 139th-ranked St. Kitts and Nevis — will not be as nearly as difficult.
In Gaming Today’s breakdown of St. Kitts and Nevis vs. USA odds, props, and predictions, we analyze one of the most lopsided match-ups USA have had in a while.
Betting Odds for Wednesday’s St. Kitts and Nevis vs. USA Match
Here are St. Kitts and Nevis vs. USA betting lines available on top sports betting apps.
SOCCER · Wed (6/28) @ 9:30 pm ET
|CITYPARK, St. Louis, MO|
St. Kitts and Nevis Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
USA meet some overmatched opponents from the Caribbean — they were -3000 against Grenada in a CONCACAF Nations League match back in March — but they probably won’t ever enter a match as a bigger favorite than they are in this one. Their odds are as short as -8000 on DraftKings, while FanDuel prices the USA at -6000.
If it seems like we’re saying St. Kitts and Nevis don’t have many, if any, players who should concern the USA, well, yeah.
St. Kitts and Nevis’ best player, Romaine Sawyers, is one of the only ones on this roster with experience in a top league. The 31-year-old is currently with Cardiff City.
They lost their Gold Cup opener 3-0 to Trinidad & Tobago.
USA Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
USA’s struggles in their Gold Cup opener, a match they drew despite benefitting from a failed PK by Jamaica, might have shocked some fans after what happened in the Nations League.
But this is a very different roster, and the inexperience showed on Saturday night. Six players — starters Aidan Morris, Alan Soñora, and John Tolkin, and substitutes Cade Cowell, Jalen Neal, and Brandon Vazquez — made their USMNT debuts in official competition.
Jamaica’s goal came on a well-executed set piece, as Damion Lowe headed in a perfectly placed ball from Everton winger Demarai Gray. For Jamaica, it helped that USA failed to mark Bailey, a mistake the Americans’ first-choice back line would not have made.
All in all, the draw against Jamaica shouldn’t set off too many alarms, but the USA do need to figure out which of the players at Callaghan’s disposal should be starting and playing the most minutes.
One player who made a case for a starting role moving forward was Brandon Vazquez, whose 88th-minute strike prevented a loss and showed off the goal-scoring touch that has made him one of the most dangerous players in MLS. He scored 18 goals for Cincinnati last season and could give Gregg Berhalter another intriguing option up top with a strong showing over the next couple of weeks.
Injuries should not be a factor on Wednesday, though it’s worth monitoring whether USMNT World Cup starter Miles Robinson plays in group play, or rests his hamstring injury from the Nations League until the knockout rounds.
St. Kitts and Nevis vs. USA Props
Below is a sampling of betting props for St. Kitts and Nevis vs. USA.
Anytime Goalscorer (DraftKings):
- Jesus Ferreira: -275
- Jordan Morris: -250
- Brandon Vazquez: -225
- Alejandro Zendejas: -175
Correct Score (DraftKings):
- St. Kitts and Nevis 1-0: +7500
- St. Kitts and Nevis 2-1: +7500
- USA 1-0: +2000
- USA 2-0: +1000
- 0-0: +5500
- 1-1: +4000
Total Goal Props (FanDuel):
*Note: Over/Under 0.5 goals and 1.5 goals not listed at FanDuel
- Over 2.5 goals -800, Under 2.5 goals: +420
- Over 3.5 goals -260, Under 3.5 goals: +176
St. Kitts and Nevis vs. USA Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Wednesday, June 28, 9:30 p.m. ET
- Location: CITYPARK
Watch this match at one of the following:
- DirecTV Stream
- Sling Blue
St. Kitts and Nevis vs. USA Prediction: St. Kitts and Nevis 0, USA 5
The biggest question in this one is when USA will shut it down, as fans should expect goals to come early and often. Seven players for USA are -120 or shorter on DraftKings’ anytime scorer market, which makes it almost a certainty that this one will get out of hand, likely by halftime.
With one side as heavily favored as USA are in this game, it’s hard to find value, but we recommend taking the Over, even at an unusually high number.
Here is one bet available at Caesars that is worth checking out:
- Over 5.5 Goals (+120)
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