(AP) — When the U.S. takes on Germany, it’s one of those rare games when both teams will be happy with a draw. Just don’t expect either team to play for one.
Both countries have four points in Group G and a draw would put both through to the next round, with Germany as group winner on goal difference. Germany, though, badly wants to beat its former coach and star player Jurgen Klinsmann, who is now in charge of the U.S. team. The Americans, meanwhile, need a win to avoid Belgium in the next round. Add in the fact that five players on the U.S. team have German mothers, and there’s no shortage of plot lines that go beyond just the result.
Klinsmann said, “I don’t think that we are made for draws,” while Germany defender Mats Hummels said it would be “highly unsportsmanlike” not to go for a win.
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