Friday, June 18, 2010

Door Still Open for "The Yanks" in World Cup

Wow, now that the more recent round of "group games" of the World Cup for the USA has been completed, things didn't shape up as expected as both USA and England tied their games instead of winning them. But, that still leaves the door open for "The Yanks" to advance.

Here is where the teams in the USA's group stand now with matchups of Algeria vs. USA and England vs. Slovenia all that remains in the first round:

Slovenia - 4 pts
USA - 2 pts
England - 2 pts
Algeria - 1 pt

Keeping in mind that a team gets 3 pts for a win, 1 pt for a tie and 0 pts for a loss, this means that the USA can "get out of their group" to advance to the next round of the World Cup if:

They beat Algeria. This would earn the US 5 pts and no matter what anyone else does, they would finish no worse than second in the group...and that would advance them.

There may be a way to advance if they tie Algeria and and England ties with Slovenia if you throw in some goal-differential stuff...but I'm not sure what that is.

Basically, beat Algeria and move on. Here is hoping!

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