World Cup grinds Work to a Hault

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Forget work, World Cup is on.

That's what South America is doing.  Too bad it's not the same back here in the States.  However you can bet your soccer balls productivity across the U.S.A. will be slim come Thursday's match at 9 AM.

It's going to be very tough match vs. Germany. 

Here's how it works: only two teams out of each group can advance to the next round, and FIFA decides who gets to stay in based on a points system. Victories are worth three points, losses none, and a tie gives one point to each side.

In Group G — the Group of Death — the U.S. and Germany are in the two top slots with four points, both teams having scored one triumphant victory and one frustrating tie. Ghana and Portugal, meanwhile, each have one point.

So how does the U.S. advance now? Well, the surest way would be for the team to beat Germany when the two teams meet on June 26. But don't hold your breath — Germany is ranked as the second-best team in the world, as evidenced last week when they crushed Portugal 4-0.

So Team U.S.A. might have to settle for four points at the end of group play. That might still be enough to advance, but it all depends on what happens in the group's final match — Portugal vs. Ghana.

14 FIFA World Cup™

United States
2nd in Group G
  1. Matches
  2. Standings
Thu, Jun 26, 9:00 AM on ESPNGroup G
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
United States
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