Bet American in the 2011 Women's World Cup


Are you sensing a theme here?

After Rory McIlroy completely put to bed any thought of an American winning the U.S. Open, we're looking for any sport we can find in which betting on Americans is a fruitful proposition. And thus we turn to the 2011 Women's World Cup.

It's been a long time since Brandi Chastain took her shirt off for the good of her sport, increasing the popularity of girl's soccer tenfold. Since that 1999 win by the United States, the liberty ladies have not hoisted the cup trophy.

We're betting that that changes in 2011.

The complete odds to win the 2011 Women's World Cup, which begins Sunday in Germany, are below:

Germany... 6/5
Brazil... 5/1
USA... 5/1
Sweden... 12/1
England... 14/1
Japan... 14/1
Norway... 16/1
France... 22/1
Canada... 28/1
North Korea... 28/1
Australia... 40/1
Mexico... 66/1
Colombia... 80/1
New Zealand... 100/1
Nigeria... 150/1
Equatorial Guinea... 500/1

Naturally, the host Germans are the favorites to win, but that just serves to give more value to the Americans at 5/1 odds. The 2011 squad is the best that the U.S. has fielded since 1999--and perhaps are even better. Our money is on the good ole US of A.

And if this fails, hopefully once we blow our hands off on the upcoming July 4th holiday, our desire to continue to bet on our home country in obscure sporting events dwindles.