It would be so simple for the United States and Germany to play to a tie in Recife on Thursday. The result would put both sides through to the knockout rounds and leave both sides feeling reasonably good about their displays in the group stage.
But nothing about this World Cup has really been simple and even though the two teams may share some common bonds, there's plenty of reason to want to play to win.
Both teams come in tied on four points and with the ability to finish anywhere from first to third in the group, although it would take a rather epic collapse to keep Germany from moving along. A tie would put both sides through, while a multi-goal German victory would leave the United States in serious trouble.
The group winner gets a very winnable match against one of Russia, Algeria or South Korea while finishing second will mean a match against Belgium and Argentina likely awaiting them in the quarterfinals.
If you're watching in the USA, you have a couple options for watching he match online. Watch ESPN has an English language feed of the match, as long as you're provided access to the service through your cable or internet provider. They'll also have a tactical camera and German audio option available as well. If Watch ESPN isn't an option, you can watch a Spanish language feed on Univision En Vivo.
In the UK, you can watch on the ITV Player, while CBC Sports will have a stream available in Canada. There are listings available for other countries as well at Live Soccer TV