I considered the possibility before the match. I didn't watch it, so I can't comment. But obviously USA is a better match for Italy than Brazil or Russia, that's pretty clear.
USA would have been a better match than Brasil and Russia for any of group A teams
Besides, If you want to cheat and lose on purpose, you put your reserves in and take it easy-e.g. Brasil, Poland. You don't put your best players and then scream at them during timeouts like a lunatic teacher