USA lose to Germany, move onto Round of 16

Michael Steele

The United States lost to Germany 2-1, but with a favorable scoreline in the Portugal defeat of Ghana the Yanks go through to the Round of 16. LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez got his first ninety minutes since April 19th

The United States lost to Germany 2-1, but with a favorable scoreline in the Portugal defeat of Ghana the Yanks go through to the Round of 16. LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez got his first ninety minutes since April 19th and performed admirably stopping several German attacking chances.

Omar Gonzalez was responsible for six clearances inside the penalty area, and four more higher up the pitch with the US pressing for an equalizer. He also had four recoveries while up on that US high line.

It's not the ideal way to go through to the next round, but considering it's a World Cup where Spain, England, Italy, and Portugal will not be featured in the Round of 16 certainly the US will be happy to join fellow CONCACAF teams Mexico and Costa Rica in the knockout stage. It's a similar situation to 2002 where the US lost on the final day but were helped out by a close Korean win to go through.

The United States were not favored to get out of this group, nor were they expected to manage a victory. They weren't expected to score as much as they did, with some predicting they wouldn't score at all.

Now they'll move on to face the Group H winner, a group that hasn't come off as all that impressive. Belgium look the most likely to win the group, but Algeria are also there with a shot if results break a certain way today.

A big day for US soccer, even if they weren't able to find the equalizer against Germany.

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