I had tickets to a number of group stage games, but I had to cancel on account of the difficulty of working out travel plans to South Africa. Instead, I will watch on television at home, and potentially during some business travel in Europe.
Of the contenders, I want Spain to win, just because I think they deserve it this year. I would consider it a major victory if USA can make it to the quarterfinals. They will most likely have to beat Germany in the round of 16, and even though Germany is not a particularly strong team this year, they are still a little stronger than USA is.
I would love to see USA beating England, but I don't think it is going to happen. There is a certain father-son complex between the USA and England in most respects, and basically all they have left at this point is football.
I think 14th is about right for the USA. Here are my ratings for USA (1-10)
We have nothing up top. Donovan and Dempsey can provide some goals on the counter attack, but the complete lack of a quality out-and-out striker is generally a big problem. We don't even have anyone who can hold-up the ball reliably. Our defense is not great, but Tim Howard is so good that he makes up for a lot of it.