Klinsmann and German head coach Joachim Low are old friends. In fact, Low was Klinsmann's assistant when he managed Germany.
As a result, conspiracy theories exist that the two will agree to tie the match, as a draw guarantees both squads go through to the next round.
Against Portugal, Klinsmann started the U.S. in a defensive posture—a strategy that seemed doomed to fail once the U.S. gave up the early goal. However, even with only one forward in Clint Dempsey, the U.S. was able to work its way back into the match through a series of effective counterattacks.
Even if Klinsmann's side lose, the U.S. will likely still advance to the knockout round if Portugal can beat Ghana. However, watching the match against the U.S., Portugal appeared to be a defeated team. Even after the dramatic 95th-minute equalizer, the Portuguese coach didn't celebrate.
Coupled with defeatist comments by Cristiano Ronaldo after the match—who said he never thought Portugal could win the World Cup—the Americans can't count on a Portuguese victory to help.
While the U.S. doesn't need a win against Germany, it's hard to believe the side will be able to hold off the German attack for 90 minutes, even if the Germans give a halfhearted effort knowing that a draw gets both teams through to the next round.
Klinsmann will likely employ the same strategy that has gotten the U.S. to this point, keeping a good solid defensive posture and having the team pick moments to go forward to look for a goal or two to help earn a draw.
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