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What needs to happen for the United States to advance?

There are three scenarios that would allow the U.S. team to advance to the round of 16 after a 2-2 draw with Portugal on Sunday.

In order for the U.S. men's national team to advance to the 16-team knockout round from group play, one of three possible scenarios needs to happen.

Scenario A: The U.S. needs to either win or draw against Germany on Thursday afternoon.

*A win against Germany would mean the U.S. wins Group G.

Scenario B: If the U.S. loses, and there is a draw in the Portugal-Ghana game.

Scenario C: If the U.S. loses and wins a tiebreaker against the Portugal-Ghana winner. 

For posterity, the first two tiebreakers are goal differential and goals for.

The head-to-head scenario is acutally fourth on FIFA's list of tiebreakers and would only come into effect if both teams had the same goal differential and scored the exact same number of goals in group play.

It's also worth noting that two of the four games in Group G pool play have ended in ties.

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