The U.S. and Germany are playing the World Cup final a game early

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For The Win

MONTREAL — The United States is a win away from a World Cup final, but it feels closer.

Tuesday night’s semifinal clash against Germany at Olympic Stadium (7 p.m. ET on FOX) is more like a final — for both teams — as the winner moves on to the championship match while the loser plays for third place.

It’s the No. 1 vs. No. 2 teams in the world. The most dangerous attack in Germany, a team that’s scored more goals (20) than any other this World Cup, pitted against the strongest defense in the U.S., which has conceded just once.

“This is why we’re here,” said defender Ali Krieger, who played professionally for four years in Germany. “We want to beat the best team in the world and to win the trophy, that’s what you have to do. Coming off the game against China we have that extra confidence to hopefully start off the…

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