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What the USA must do
by Paul Kennedy, June 18th, 2010 5:18PM

TAGS:  england, men's national team, world cup


[SCENARIOS] Friday's Group C matches -- the thrilling 2-2 USA-Slovenia game and dreadful 0-0 England-Algeria -- left all four teams still in contention for berths in the second round. Here's what the USA and its rivals must do on Wednesday to advance ...

USA advances if ...

-- It beats Algeria;

-- It ties Algeria AND Slovenia beats England;

-- It ties Algeria AND Slovenia and England tie if the USA is not outscored by England by more than one goal.

Slovenia advances if ...

-- It beats or ties England;

-- It loses to England AND the USA and Algeria tie .

England advances if ...

-- It beats Slovenia;

-- It ties Slovenia AND the USA and Algeria tie if England outscores the USA by three or more goals.

Algeria advances if ...

-- It beats the USA AND Slovenia beats or ties England.

-- It beats the USA AND England beats Slovenia if the margins of victory in the two games are three or more goals.

Note: Other scenarios -- notably, ties in both games (eg. USA-Algeria 0-0 and England-Slovenia 2-2) or England and Algeria wins (eg. Algeria 3-2 win and England 1-0 win) -- could lead to teams being tied on goal difference and goals scored.

If the USA and England tie on goal difference and goals scored, the tiebreaker will be ... the drawing of lots.

If Slovenia and Algeria tie on goal difference and goals scored, Slovenia advances by virtue of its 1-0 win over Algeria.

  1. Christopher Holden
    commented on: June 19, 2010 at 1:57 p.m.
    If we win we are in ... it doesn't get any more straight forward than that. GO USA GO!!

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