It's that time everyone. Who ya got?
Personally I think Brasil is the best team this year but I expect Argentina and Italy to be strong contenders. I would like to see England put something together but they have a pretty tough group (all solid contenders).
As for USA we have to beat Ghana and at least get a draw with Portugal to have a hope. Our defense finally looked ok last warm-up game but it's going to take being more than just "ok" to get out of the group.
I have Argentina over Brazil in the finals. I picked the US to get of the bracket in the hopes that Portugal has a couple draws. Wishful thinking but you never win the office pool playing it safe.
I tended to lean towards the Americas teams in the closer matches because I think the hot humid conditions are going to play havoc on the Europeans. Sao Paulo was 97F heat index today, > 50% humidity and it's not going to get better. I think it's going to be a rough cup for the Euros.