#BEARCATSonBRAZIL - Knockout Stage Picks

June 28, 2014


With the group stage complete, the University of Cincinnati men's and women's soccer coaches have made their picks for the knockout stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which begins Saturday, June 28.

Men's head coach Hylton Dayes and his staff have each picked four different nations to take home the World Cup. Dayes likes the host nation, Brazil, to win it, with assistant coaches Jeremy Bonomo and Dan McNally picking France and Argentina, respectively, and director of operations Mike Brizzi selecting Germany.

 Women's head coach Neil Stafford agrees with his fellow Brit, Dan McNally, that Argentina will hoist the World Cup trophy on July 13. Assistant coaches Nate Lie and Matt Cosinuke both have chosen Germany to run the table.

All staff members have picked the USA to advance out of the Round of 16 with a decision over Belgium before falling to Argentina in the quarterfinals. Stafford has made a bold statement saying the Americans will win on penalty kicks.

In a contest with the women's staff to pick the teams from each group, the men's staff averaged 12.5 points to the women's staff's 11 points. Brizzi led the pack with 13 points, thanks mostly to being the lone coach to choose Mexico to advance. Dayes, Bonomo and McNally each tied with 11 points.

On the women's side, Lie led the way with 12 points and was second among all coaches. Stafford and Cosinuke each tallied nine. 

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World Cup Knockout Picks