Let’s face it: It’s going to be a lot harder for casual U.S. soccer fans to watch the World Cup without the U.S. team in the 32-team field — and, if you’re really a casual fan, you’re not misreading that.
The U.S. team did not qualify for the World Cup, losing in stunning fashion to Trinidad and Tobago. We couldn’t beat a team with 1/250th of our population, and so here we are, on the outside looking in.
But never fear! NJ.com has ranked all 32 teams in order of which bandwagons are most worth hopping on over the next few weeks. Here are the teams you can pick to impress your soccer-loving friends, and the ones you should totally avoid.