How the U.S. National Team can qualify for the Round of 16

The United States had their hearts broken with a crushing last-minute 2-2 draw against Portugal on Sunday, but hopes are still alive for the U.S. to advance to the Round of 16.

Below are the scenarios for the U.S. to advance.

 1) The U.S. advance with a win or a draw against Germany

2) The U.S. advance with a loss to Germany and a draw between Portugal and Ghana.

3) The U.S. advance with a loss to Germany and by winning a tiebreaker against the winner of Portugal and Ghana.


Should the U.S. fall to Germany, Ghana would qualify in their place if they win by two goals or more. If the U.S. loses by one goal, the Black Stars need two goals or a high-scoring one goal victory.  Meanwhile, Portugal must erase a goal-difference of five to bypass the Americans.