Anything but Ghana getting the win is good for the US. While there isn't too much difference, in my opinion Germany getting the win is the best for the US, rather than a draw.
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I disagree. A tie for Ghana is much worse for us. If Ghana gets beat down by Germany and beats Portugal it means that we will probably get through even if we lose the next two games as long as we keep them close. Not that that would be the ideal way to do this, but it's worst case.
Ghana to lose. Ghana having points muddles the battle for second place. Germany wins the game and group and the U.S. just needs a point off Portugal probably.
Yes Mr Yost is wrong on this one. We want a Ghana loss - they are basically out with one.
I'd love a highly entertaining game where Ghana carries a good portion of the game in the midfield but Germany's finishing wins it 2-0 or so. It would make me feel better about how Ghana dominated our midfield. I think Ghana will do well and this is no gimme to Germany.
We are not beating Germany barring some miracle, sorry. We need to draw Portugal and have Ghana lose today. Win on goal differential vs Portual or have Ghana beat Portugal in the last game which I can think is a good chance esp if Portugal go in there with their heads hanging low.
Overall I am not that impressed with the 2 South American powers and impressed with Dutch, French, Germans. Costa Rica as well!
He has the best left foot on the planet. When you have two guys covering him at the top of the box do NOT allow him to dribble left to shoot left. Same applies to Robben and Bale. Spectacular shot by Messi that the Iranian keeper, who had a tremendous match, had no chance on.
Off the field issues continue with Hope and violence. Details seem sketchy. Hope she can get it together, even though I stopped being a fan when she pouted and called out Greg Ryan on the US national team. At least Michigan got a good coach out that mess.
First real chance of the game looks familiar; kick deep down the right side and let that fast guy get there before the defense.
Ghana very up to task as I imagined - they are a bit of a matchup nightmare for many teams. If they had any finishing they'd probably be a top 5-7 team in the world. The final 3rd seems to be their main weakness. That said they are getting some decent shots off but generally from distance. Amazing the gulf between Ghana and Nigeria watching the last 2 games of each. I guess Ivory Coast would be 2nd on that continent, a step behind Ghana.
Ghana could take this if they find a finish.
Germany is getting some quality shots on Ghana in the box.
It's Germany. There is not a defense in the world they won't get chances against.
It's been quite limited overall, they shut down on players very quickly. But a team of Germany quality is going to get some chances every game- you just try to limit them which Ghana has does. Ghana midfield has impressed me in both games - hold the ball, not afraid, speed, skill.
Alright Germany, time to stop fucking around
Allemand is "German" in French. Allemagne is Germany.
Son of a bitch
My head is fighting my heart.
My head says Germany because it helps the US.
My heart pulls for Ghana because of the spirit they are showing against the machine.
Is there a more athletic team in the WC than Ghana?
I was talking about players that get paid.
Oh yeah, so were you.
I haven't seen all the games but Ivory Coast is pretty athletic and the Netherlands has a lot of speed at forward.
They have the youngest team in the WC
Boom 2-1 Ghana
IMO Ghana has deserved to win both their games - they have been very unlucky and they are punching Germans in the mouth today.
Holy shit son of a fucking bitch
Shit just got real.
Ghana and the US to go through . . . right?
More like Germany plays for its life against the US, thus knocking us out
No one is guaranteed anything at this point in this group.
Not if the US beats Portugal. Then Ghana needs a win to stay in and Portugal would be out. If Ghana wins, the US could get 6 points and still not make it out while a team they beat makes it in.
Ghana will beat Portugal IMO - of all the teams I've watched I'd put Ghana as top 5 over the first 2 games in terms of run of play. I think only Chile France and Costa Rica have played 2 quality games along with Ghana.
That would put Germany and Ghana through. We need a German tie at least
One man can make a big difference.
Ghana is playing like a team - Portgual plays lke an individual. Watch the teams that play with unity this tournament - they are winning or playing well and unlucky. Chile, Costa Rica, Australia, France. Portugal is a mental case most of the time and if they go down 1-0 to Ghana they will all begin infighting - that is what they do.
I think Ghana could beat Portugal 3-0 if they get a goal in the first 15 minutes because watching Portugal in South Africa and this tournament they are just mentally easy to implode.
Whoa there - Ghana hasn't won a game yet. (And at any rate, I think you have to add the Netherlands to the group of impressive teams.)
The World Cup.
The Germans will be pissed and needing a win.
If we can beat Portugal, we'll still probably be OK. It's not often you see a three-team tie with six points.
If there was a 3-team tie at 6 points, we'd be screwed. Germany would still have a big goal differential, Ghana's would be +1 or +2, so we'd have to lose to Germany by just 1.
Yes - but there probably won't be a three-team tie at 6 points. That rarely happens, and probably won't now either.
Why should we be afraid?
Go out and WIN, screw backing your way into everything. Take it. That's what Ghana is trying to do...that's what we should try to do.
First off, we need to beat Portugal. Period. They're wounded and I don't even think they're very good.
Go up 6-3-3-0 and all you need is a draw to win the Group. Go get your point.
If we don't win tomorrow, we might be boned.
Sickening to think the US could start 2-0 and still not go through...c'mon Germany!!
Wow, Germany reeling right now
probably the wrong team ahead, but don't you all just love the action in this game!?!
Wow Ghana could have headed that in! Just missed. Germans reeling - something you almost never see!
Germany is not doing a whole lot better at keeping midfield possession than the US. Ghana is for real.
Excited with every successful pass.
Reminds me of an NCAA Tournament game that's close under 8 in the 2nd half with a big upset on the line. Only this is the entire world and not a 20,000 seat arena.
This game can easily end 2-2 and then everyone can relax
Can't relax, Germany needs another
Thank you baby jesus