United States Men’s National Team Pre Game: Germany


Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The United States Men’s National Team battle for advancement in the 2014 World Cup Thursday morning against Germany. USA can advance with a win, draw, or with a loss and win the tiebreak between Portugal or Ghana.

Who: USMNT vs Germany

When: June 26th, 2014 at 11 AM CDT

Where: Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

Streams: ESPN, Watch ESPN

2002 World Cup in South Korea

USA met Germany in the quarter finals of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea. USA had an amplitude of chances to open the scoring but never could get the finishing touch. It didnt help that Germany’s keeper was making incredible saves. He won multiple one on ones against Landon Donovan.

Germany was able to withstand the pressure from USA and deliver a dagger to the hearts of all the American fans when Christian Ziege ran up to a free kick and sent a bending ball into the box that met the head of Michael Ballack and found the back of the net to give Germany the 1-0 lead in the 40th minute.

This game will forever be remembered for the call that was never made, just 5 minutes after half time Landon Donovan sent in a great cross that fell for Gregg Berhalter and was directed towards goal. German Midfielder Torsten Frings was standing near the post blocking the goal and blocked the ball with his hand. The referee missed it and USA was livid to not be awarded a penalty kick.

That mistake by the referee proved to be costly for USA as the game would finish 1-0 in favor of Germany. USA was proud to make it to the final eight but were still left to think about what could have been. Germany went on to finish second in the World Cup after losing to Brazil 2-0 in the Finals.

Injury Update

  • Jozy Altidore is once again ruled out with his hamstring injury
  • Matt Besler is expected to play. Besler suffered a hamstring injury in the first game against Ghana and seemed to suffer a new injury against Portugal but stayed in and finished the game.

ICYMI

Sporting Kansas City were eliminated from 2014′s US Open Cup on Tuesday night by the Portland Timber with a final score of 3-1. You can catch the recap here.

Graham Zusi tallied his second assist in as many game when he crossed in a ball to Clint Dempsey to score the go ahead goal against Portugal.

Episode 6 of the hilarious web series, The Benny Feilhaber Show was released on Wednesday with Guests Dom Dwyer and Soony Saad.

Video courtesy of Youtube.com

Kansas City once again showed why they are the Soccer capitol of the USA when Jermaine Jones scored the equalizer against Portugal.

Video courtesy of Youtube.com

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