USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann has denied reports that USA – Germany will play a draw to ensure both teams qualify for the Round of 16.
After conceding a heartbreaking last-minute equalizer to tie Portugal 2-2 on Sunday, the Americans have been left in a situation where a draw against Germany in Recife in Thursday’s final group game would clinch qualification.
Yet despite his former position as Germany national team coach and his close friendship with its current boss Joachim Loew, Klinsmann insisted both teams would give 100 percent and try to win the game and therefore top Group G.
“There’s no such call,” Klinsmann said, when asked how he would respond if Loew telephoned him to request a mutually beneficial tie. “Jogi is doing his job and I’m doing my job. I’m going to do everything to get to the round of 16. That’s what I’m going to do. There’s no time to have friendship calls. It’s about business now.”
A draw would give the U.S. and Germany five points each, but the Germans would win the group due to its better goal differential and the U.S. would play the Group H winner, likely Belgium, in Salvador on July 1.