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Updated Jun 23, 2014 - 12:04 pm

What the United States needs to advance in the World Cup

The United States let its first opportunity to advance to the elimination round of 16 slip through its grasp, but there are still a number of scenarios that could see the U.S. advance.

The simplest is for the U.S. to earn a point against Germany on Thursday, either by winning outright or earning a draw.

But after that, things get complicated. Should the U.S. lose to Germany, a combination of outcomes will need to take place for it to advance.

A tie between Ghana and Portugal on Thursday would also propel the U.S. into the round of 16, regardless of the U.S. score against Germany.

But seeing as that is rather unlikely, the future of the U.S. will likely come down to goal differential if it loses to Germany. Thankfully, a writer for 247sports and avid follower of the USMNT tweeted this graphic, which breaks down the necessary outcomes and score differentials for the U.S. to advance. You can enlarge the graphic by clicking on it.

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