The US Soccer team has kept me on the edge of my seat so far this World Cup. I have been handed my fair share of highs and lows. Dempsey chest and Jones’ rocket for goals yesterday were highs. Ronaldo’s amazing assist for the equalizer, low. After yesterday’s tie I wanted to know what all the US soccer scenarios are, for the team to advance. So I turned to my friend Google to find out all the possibilities for the “Death Group”, aka Group G.
After a semi disappointing tie Sunday night, Google only assured me of what I was thinking. The United States faces a crazy array of possibilities heading into its final match in the World Cup’s group stage. Here is what I found and the basic facts to keep in mind. The US Soccer team will advance to the elimination round by:
US Soccer Scenarios – The Easy Way
The US gets a win or a tie against Germany on Thursday.
US Soccer Scenarios – The Complicated Way
If the US loses to Germany.
When I say “complicated” I mean complicated! But it can be broken down. This chart, which is from Andy Keller, explains what happens to the US in every scenario in the two remaining Group G games.
Click on the chart below to expand it.
To get you as excited as I am for the next game against Germany, check out this song made by a Utah Native, Branden Steineckert, who is one of the founding members of The Used, current drummer for Rancid, and the originator of ‘Believe’ for my hometown team Real Salt Lake.