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How United States can advance in World Cup

Moving day

How the U.S. can advance: The Americans (0-0-2) defeat Algeria (0-1-1) Wednesday.

The Americans tie Algeria AND Slovenia (1-0-1) defeats England (0-0-2).

The Americans tie Algeria, England ties Slovenia AND the Americans maintain their plus-2 total of goals scored, compared to England's total, during the tournament.

The Americans tie Algeria, England ties Slovenia and makes up the difference in goals scored compared to the Americans AND the Americans win a drawing of lots, which will be held one hour after the conclusion of the two games.

If the U.S. advances:The second-round opponent will be determined based on whether the Americans finish first or second in Group C, based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie).

Group C's first-place finisher will play the second-place team from Group D on Saturday. Group C's second-place team will play Group D's first-place team Sunday. Group D's top two teams also will be determined by Wednesday's results, with Ghana (1-0-1) playing Germany (1-1-0) and Serbia (1-1-0) playing Australia (0-1-1).

- JOHN JEANSONNE

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