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2014 World Cup Group G Preview: USA vs. Germany

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With just one game to play for each team in Group G, a group labeled the “Group of Death” by many, the United States and Germany are in prime position to make it to the next round. With a tie, both teams will be through to the knockout stages, but both the German squad and the U.S. Men’s National Team are not going to roll over and just take a tie.

Much of the final outcome for Group G will be decided by the other Group G game between Ghana and Portugal, but both Germany and the USA will be wary of the possible negative outcomes of a loss. Both teams will be wanting a win, especially after the USMNT’s disappointing last-second tie against Portugal and the disappointing German performance in the tie against Ghana.

What to Watch For:

Expect both teams to come out conservatively, but Germany to maintain most of the possession. The USMNT should get multiple opportunities, but most of them to come from crosses into the box. Five of the last 10 goals against Germany have come from crosses into the box from the left – an area where a player like Brad Davis specializes.

This would be the perfect opportunity for a striker like Eddie Johnson; unfortunately, Jurgen Klinsmann left him at home. Alejandro Bedoya has served the USA well so far defensively, but it may be time for him to sit the bench and give a striker like Aron Johannsson or Chris Wondolowski to shine.

The Germans don’t have a true No. 9 striker up top, which actually works to the USMNT’s disadvantage. The American defense has shown that they play much better when there is a clear scoring threat up top, but have looked a little shaky when multiple scoring threats are rushing down the middle. If Mario Gotze does not start, as rumored, and a player like Lukas Podolski starts, then Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman should be able to break up play in the midfield easier.

However, Germany has one of the most all-around talented teams in the 2014 World Cup. Every player is extremely dangerous and each starter is a top five or so player in World Soccer. The way Germany builds up from the back coupled with the innate defensive qualities of the American midfield could mean that the game is long, boring and not very pretty for those soccer fans who are not familiar with the tactical aspect of the game and want goals.

Prediction:

Germany is clearly the more talented side, but the United States have shown their prowess by coming back to beat Ghana and dominating Portugal. Expect there to be a few goals scored, but, if the game is tied past the seventieth minute, expect both teams to take the foot off the gas. Neither team wants to leave this game with an injury and both teams know the scenarios to advance.

Germany 1, USMNT 1

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for StoppageTimeSoccer.net. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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