Brazil 3-1 favorite, US up to 150-1

Brazil was made a 3-1 favorite to win the 2014 World Cup it will

be hosting.

The Brazilians remained at the same odds after Friday’s draw as

they held going into it.

Argentina was next at 9-2, barely up from 5-1 odds, according to

the professional oddsmakers Keith Glantz and Russell Culver.

Germany was 5-1, followed by defending champion Spain at 7-1.

The odds for the United States, placed in a difficult group with

Germany, Portugal (30-1) and Ghana (175-1) for the first round,

rose from 60-1 to 150-1.

”We’re excited,” U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said. ”We’re

looking forward to the challenge and we think we’re a good team. We

think we’re a good team that can get better in a lot of areas.

That’s going to be the challenge for us and the motivation for us

in the next six months.”

France, at 20-1, sneaked ahead of top seeds Uruguay (25-1) and

Switzerland (100-1) in the odds.

Other highly touted teams were Belgium (14-1) and Colombia


The longest odds are 1,500-1 for Costa Rica, Honduras and


The Americans don’t see themselves as long shots.

”We want to put ourselves in a position to get out of the group

and that means getting points,” Clint Dempsey said. ” I don’t

look at it like we’re the underdog, I just look at it like we want

to get points in every game. I still think that our team has the

quality that if we play our best ball, we can get out of the