Josh Tolentino

Sports Reporter

The 2014 Fifa World Cup, hosted in Brazil, began on June 12 and ends with the championship on July 13. The first weeks have provided much action to the many supporters of the various countries. There have been many surprises throughout the tournament, as heavily favored teams have fallen while others have become front-runners and secured their spots in the next round.

An era of domination has come to an end for Spain after losing to Chile and the Netherlands. England will also not be seeing the next round after losses in a very tough group. One of the more exciting matches so far was a draw between Mexico and host country, Brazil.

There are still eight spots up for grabs for the next round of 16, as only eight countries have guaranteed their spots. Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Netherlansd, Mexico, Costa Rica and Greece are the teams who have advanced so far.

One of the most surprising teams of the tournament has been the home team, the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT). Ghana defeated the USA in the past two world cups. Team USA and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann got revenge last week defeating Ghana 2-1 in an exciting back and forth match. Last Sunday, USMNT showed up again, outplaying Portugal almost the entire game and were just ticks away from maintaining a perfect record and securing a spot in the next round.

With a 2-1 lead in the 90th minute, a spot for USMNT was nearly seconds away. In the final minute, Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo launched one of the best assists seen in the tournament so far, a cross to Silvestre Varela, who beat USA goalkeeper Tim Howard and tied the game up 2-2 as the whistles shortly blew after, resulting in a draw.

USMNT faces Germany this Thursday in the final group game. The fate of USMNT is in their own hands. A draw or win against Germany will put USMNT into the next round. A loss will almost certainly put them out of the tournament, but there are very slim chances, depending on the outcome of the Ghana and Portugal game, if the USMNT loses.

Despite whatever happens on Thursday, USA has shown that they can play with the best.

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