According to a New York Times survey, a majority of Americans believe that the U.S. will win the World Cup. However, when asked what team they’re rooting against, the majority picked America again.
The survey was conducted by YouGov with a 1,197 Americans sampled. They posed the three questions, “Who will win the World Cup?” “Who are you rooting against?” and “Who plays the most beautiful soccer?” to Americans as well as citizens of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, and Spain.
Most countries believe Brazil will win, followed by their own country. There doesn’t seem to be any explanation for why Americans said they would root against the US, unless they were taking the head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann’s, approach, reports the Daily Journal. Klinsmann said Wednesday, “I think for us now, talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic.”