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Looking for another way to show your support for the U.S. national team today? You could always pick your favorite Yanks for your fantasy soccer team. We've got some choice selections for you right here.
BY staff Posted
June 21, 2014
12:00 AM
YOU'VE HAD TO WAIT nearly a week for another U.S. match, and it’s almost here. It’s not quite kickoff time (unless you’re reading the archive of this piece), so there’s still time to kill—and fun to be had with DraftStreet.

DraftStreet is hosting one-day fantasy contests where you can win cash on every match day during the tournament. The entry fees range from completely free to hundreds of dollars, and you can play in head-to-head leagues or up against thousands of other World Cup fans.

You can play in Salary Cap style leagues, or Pick 'em leagues. It’s all leading up to their massive $100,000 contest on June 26th where the winner will take home the $20,000 first place prize. You can learn more about that here.

Last time the United States played, we discussed picking not just with your heart but also using your head. Sure, you want to show off how much you love the U S of A, but you also want to win a few bucks so you can stimulate the economy. You’re not going to do that if you simply pick eight U.S. players—no matter how badly the U.S. thrashes Portugal.

With that said, there are still good buys to be had from the American team—and some pretty bad ones for Portugal.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo could have a huge payoff, but with injury concerns and a weak performance against Germany, it’s doubtful he can perform well enough to merit his $23,241 salary tag.

  • Also make sure not to buy Portugal’s Rui Patricio for more than $19,000, as he is not supposed to start.

  • Michael Bradley, however, is languishing down at the $14,822 mark.

  • And while he didn’t do as much as we expected against Ghana, Fabian Johnson at only $7,634 is an absolute steal.

  • Same story with Geoff Cameron, who is always a possible assist man and is selling at just more than $5,000.

  • You could go with Tim Howard in goal, but Thibaut Courtois of Belgium is one of the best shot stoppers in the game and is facing a Russia team that doesn’t seem to have much of an attack. He might be worth the money if you’re a bit worried about the U.S. defense leaving Howard out to dry.

  • The Algeria—South Korea match is something of a wild card. The North Africans are never known to pursue a flowing match, and Korea had a substitute take advantage of a goalkeeping error. Son Heung-Min or Lee Keun-Ho might be able to find the net, and are worth a closer look.

    IN THE TIERED GAME, DraftStreet has given you quite the decision. You can pick American hero—and likely masked man, Clint Dempsey. You can pick American anti-hero, and likely knee-brace-wearing man, Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • Or if you don’t want to take a stand on Sunday’s U.S. match you can pick Belguim’s Eden Hazard. The choice is yours, and this writer begs out of offering advice on such a difficult decision.... but must note Dempsey was the top scorer in this group after the first round.

  • Jermaine Jones is probably the best pick in Tier 5, while Joao Moutinho might be a good option in the fourth tier if you want to pick a Portugal player. You know, just in case.

    Do yourself a favor—check out DraftStreet. It's a ton of fun.
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