United States' head coach Juergen Klinsmann waves to fans after the United States lost to Germany 1-0 during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. The US advance to the next round despite the loss.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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United States' head coach Juergen Klinsmann waves to fans after the United States lost to Germany 1-0 during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. The US advance to the next round despite the loss. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Corner Kicks, June 29: CONCACAF's big move

By Nick Piotrowicz

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Game Of The Day: Netherlands vs. Mexico, Noon. Mexico has been excellent so far in Brazil, but today we’ll found out just how well El Tri can play. A draw against a so-far-underwhelming Brazil was a great result, but Mexico isn’t likely to advance in that type of game against Holland. The Dutch looked frightening for all three group games, especially its evisceration of Spain, which still has many people in disbelief. Mexico has to be very meticulous with its shape today. Few are better at exploiting space than Dutch striker Arjen Robben.
Around The World: Brazil’s teasing spells of play won’t be good enough unless it cuts out careless passing. The Brazilians’ opening 20 minutes were dangerous and effective, and it was everything their opponents feared.
Their style livened the crowd and an 18th-minute goal sent the building into a frenzy, except a careless pass let Chile tie the game before Brazil could score again. Against a Colombia side with much more attack power, those mistakes have to be cut out.
Yanks Corner: Omar Gonzalez gave Jurgen Klinsmann a decision to make. After a shaky start, Gonzalez played very well against Germany, convincing enough that he could start next to Matt Besler at center back again. Geoff Cameron always has been more reliable than Gonzalez, but Cameron book-ended the Portugal game with two horrendous mistakes.
With Belgium up next, Klinsmann might have to go with what he has seen in the short term and not the long term.
For The Novice: The United States’ confederation, CONCACAF, has a shot to land three teams in the final eight. The grouping is made of teams from North and Central America, and it only receives three automatic bids to the World Cup (Europe has 13). Costa Rica, in particular, has shown that CONCACAF has more depth than ever. Good showings by both Mexico and Costa Rica today are beneficial for the U.S. in the long run.