USA vs. Germany - World Cup 2014 TV/streaming, lineup projection, prediction and gamethread

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This is it. This is the big one. Now excuse me while I go quake in a corner.

Had you asked any USA fans going into this World Cup if they would be satisfied with four points going into the last group stage game, and most would have said yes. But with the team having qualification snatched from its gasp in the dying moments of the game against Portugal, they must now go into this game against Germany and attempt to get a result against one of the best teams in the world.

Take a deep breath, and let's get into it.

Kickoff time: High noon, EDT

Venue: Arena Pernambuco, Recife

TV/Streaming: As with all USMNT games, it is on ESPN and WatchESPN for your English-language viewing pleasure. Those of you who prefer Spanish-language can find the game on Univision and Univision's website.

Projected USA XI: Squad rotation has to come into play at some point, but the players behind the starters are often at least a half step down from those they are replacing. Give me Tim Howard in goal; Fabian Johnson, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, and Timmy Chandler in defense; Michael Bradley, Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones, and Brad Davis is midfield; and Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski as the forwards.

Qualification scenarios: The simple answers are that a USA win or tie gets them through to the next round, and a tie in the Ghana-Portugal game gets them through regardless of the result in this game. All of the other possibilities can be found in this handy graphic.

Prediction: Somehow, the USA keeps the game ultra-tight and Germany doesn't press so hard because they don't absolutely need the win. A gut-wrenching 0-0 draw puts the USA through to the next round.

What are you drinking? Something American, nothing German (or even with a German name).

This is it. Go go USA!

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