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June 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM

How can the U.S. advance? A look at Group C scenarios

The final round of the group-stage games always brings up a number of different scenarios. Here’s what the U.S. needs in its final match to advance to the knockout stages, but first a looking at the current Group C standings.

1. Slovenia 1-0-1 (4 pts.) +1 goal differential (3 scored, 2 allowed)

2. United States 0-0-2 (2 pts.) 0 goal differential (3 scored, 3 allowed)

3. England 0-0-2 (2 pts.) 0 goal differential (1 scored, 1 allowed)

4. Algeria 0-1-1 (1 pt.) -1 goal differential (0 scored, 1 allowed)

USA advances if…

— USA beats Algeria.

— USA-Algeria game ends in a draw and Slovenia beats England

— USA-Algeria game ends in a draw, Slovenia-England game ends in a draw and USA has more total goals scored in the first round than England.

Breakdowns after the jump:

Final point standings… (X — team advances)

USA wins, Slovenia wins

X-Slovenia 7

X-USA 5

England 2

Algeria 1

USA wins, England wins

X-USA 5

X-England 5

Slovenia 4

Algeria 1

USA wins, England-Slovenia draw

X-USA 5

X-Slovenia 5

England 3

Algeria 1

USA-Algeria draw, Slovenia wins

X-Slovenia 7

X-USA 3

England 2

Algeria 2

USA-Algeria draw, England-Slovenia draw (tiebreaker to determine second team — USA has 3 goals heading into final game, England has 1)

X-Slovenia 5

USA 3

England 3

Algeria 2

USA-Algeria draw, England wins

X-England 5

X-Slovenia 4

USA 3

Algeria 2

Algeria wins, Slovenia wins

X-Slovenia 7

X-Algeria 4

USA 2

England 2

Algeria wins, England wins (tiebreaker to determine second team — Slovenia has GD of +1 and 3 goals heading into final game, Algeria has -1 GD and 1 goal)

X-England 5

Slovenia 4

Algeria 4

USA 2

Algeria wins, England-Slovenia draw

X-Slovenia 5

X-Algeria 4

England 3

USA 2

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