In little more than twelve months Germany and the USA will meet for the third time.

At the Parc des Princes in June 1998, an early goal by Andreas Moller led to the first of three successive American World Cup defeats.The friendly game in Jacksonville (Florida) earlier on this year was an entirely different story. The US team got three goals in less than half an hour into the match and beat the European champions 3-0.

In Friday's clash in Guadalajara, Bruce Arena's squad was in a slightly more confortable situation: a draw against the Germans would send them through to the semifinals. In the second match of the night, Brazil –already qualified for the final – may have rested some of its key players against New Zealand. The Kiwis will try to stage another brave performance in their last match of the competition.