What does the USA have to do Thursday in the World Cup Group G to advance to the next round of the tournament? Any of the four teams (USA, Germany, Ghana and Portugal) can still mathematically qualify for the next round based on the results of the games, which will be played at the same time (USA-Germany, Ghana-Portugal) on Thursday. But what scenarios need to happen for the USA to progress?
If USA wins or draws against Germany, one of the top teams in the world, the USA will advance. But easier said than done. What are the implications if the US loses, for example, against one of the teams favored to win the World Cup?
World Soccer Talk designer Aram Gyan (@aghease) has broken it down for us into four scenarios:
Soccer is an uncomplicated sport that’s played with simple rules. It’s easy to grasp. But there are times when it can get a little complicated. Let’s hope the USA wins or draws on Thursday to make it super easy for soccer fans!