USA takes on Germany in World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (WOOD/AP) — All eyes will be on the USA men’s soccer team as they take on Germany to compete for the World Cup.

A lot is riding on this game. If the Americans move on, they will reach the second round in consecutive World Cups for the very first time.

If the two teams tie, they would move forward into elimination play. But a loss would make it more about mathematics than match play. It will also determine whether the Ghana-Portugal game has any real significance.

The game starts at 12 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.

A total of seven teams are still vying for the last three spots in the Round of 16.

While most teams are either on their way home or preparing for the knockout stage, there’s still everything to play for in the finely balanced Group G, where all four teams still have a chance to go through.

Watch the video above as Rodger Garner, the head of soccer outreach at Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids and coach at Aquinas College, gives some insight on widely used soccer terms and explains what the U.S. needs to do in order to pull off a win.

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