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Gazette Premium Content Blog: Three thoughts from US-Portugal draw

photo - US soccer fans react to Portugal's tie-goal near the end of the game as they watch the game between US and Portugal in Richmond on Sunday, June 22, 2014.   (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min) ( + caption
US soccer fans react to Portugal's tie-goal near the end of the game as they watch the game between US and Portugal in Richmond on Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min) (
By Scott Kaniewski, scott.kaniewski@gazette.com — Updated: June 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

The United States were one headed ball away from advancing to the knockout stages. They were one blocked cross away. One easily preventable turnover away from celebrating and not caring whether they win, lose or draw against Germany on Thursday in the teams’ final group stage games at the World Cup in Brazil.

Instead, all the scenarios of how they advance and how they miss out will be played endlessly the next four days.

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