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Updated: 06/26/2014 11:32:08PM

Playing it safe: A no-win situation

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The rational mind says 90 minutes of scoreless soccer is perfectly acceptable for the United States today.

When all you need is a draw to advance — and the same holds true for the German side the U.S. will face — that would seem to set the stage for a game that could pass for an elaborate walkthrough. Kick the ball back and forth, run around a bit, don’t get anyone hurt and start preparing for the knockout rounds.

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