Thursday climatic battle between the United States and Germany will be a game of chicken.
Both teams can advance with a tie or a win. A loss and mathematics comes into to play for either team.
The two teams look at each other as somewhere between acquaintances and friends.
Bitter rivals are a stretch. The two coaches where once mentor and prodigy and now face off on soccer’s biggest state.
While both teams will not park the bus in front of the goal, neither one will throw caution to the wind.
The USMNT will try to run a motion offense that will hold the ball in the middle of the pitch, look for spaces in the wings and take calculated chances.
Midfielders Michael Bradley, Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones will have to continue their work in the midfielderas they did against Portugal.
Against Portugal USMNT Coach Jürgen Klinsmann played five midfielder with team captain Clint Dempsey up front.
While the five midfielder’s formation slowed down Portugal Superstar Cristian Ronaldo, slowing down the speedy German team will be another story.USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann could start Sounders FC DeAndre Yedlin in the right midfield flank because of his speed.
If that is the case Graham Zusi would move to the left and Clint Dempsey would be free to roam in the number 10 position. German Coach Joachim Low like’s to run a transition offense that presses the opponent, force a turnover and quickly counter.
The Germans are masters at channeling the ball, double teaming and pressing the ball in the midfield.
The Germans are a deep and experienced team sprinkled with some young guns. In its 2-2 draw against Ghana Germany played a 4-3-3 with midfielders Sami Khedira Philip Lahm and Toni Kroos linked up well with Mario Gotze, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller.
Both teams will play a wait and see who blinks first game for the first hour and the last thirty minutes could be a wild finish.