Odds, scientific predictions: Can USA get out of the group?

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Since the U.S. men's national team learned their path through the World Cup back on April 1, just about everyone picked the opening game against Wales as a must-win. Wales, which hadn't qualified for a World Cup since 1964, were considered arguably the most beatable team in the group.

But it was more than that: since the World Cup expanded to 32 teams in 1998, a whopping 84% of teams who have won their first group stage game eventually reached the knockout round.

Now that the USMNT failed to get that win, instead settling for a draw on Monday to Wales to open th...

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