U.S. Loses to Germany But Still Advances in World Cup

So proud to be witnessing history in the making.

TIME

Unattractive, maybe, but not undeserved. The U.S. national men’s soccer team advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup on Thursday despite losing to Germany. The U.S. withstood a German onslaught that yielded just one goal—Thomas Mueller’s perfectly placed shot from 18 yards in the 55th minute.

The 1-0 loss, combined with Portugal’s 2-1 win over a dissent-wracked Ghana team, means that the U.S. advances based on goal differential. The U.S. will most likely play Belgium, a team that is loaded with talent.

Continuing his penchant for surprises, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two changes to the lineup that played against Portugal. Central defender Omar Gonzales, who had lost favor going into the tournament, was called in to replace Geoff Cameron, whose mistakes had cost the team the win over Portugal. He also dropped Alejandro Bedoya for Brad Davis in midfield. The choice of the 6 ft. 4 in…

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