World Cup: A viewing guide for the casual fan

The U.S. takes on Germany today in the World Cup.

If you're an avid soccer fan who can name the starting lineup for both teams, you can probably stop reading this. You'll get deeper analysis from our World Cup content hub. But if you're a casual fan who just wants a reason to chant U-S-A and have good water-cooler fodder for the office, we've got you covered.

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Game time

The game starts at 12 p.m. EST on ESPN.

If you're stuck in the office, you can watch the game online at you just might want to keep the volume low.

Other games to watch: Portugal vs. Ghana at 12 p.m. ET; Algeria vs. Russia at 4 p.m. ET; Korea Republic vs. Belgium at 4 p.m. ET.

How the U.S. can win the game

While Germany is , the team's back line leaves much to be desired. Analysts say the U.S. can attack the right, play the give-and-go and go over the top to exploit Germany.

The outcome

A win for the U.S. would advance them to the Round of 16. The team, part of Group G, would then play the second-place Group H team in the knockout round.

A tie would also advance the U.S. team. They would go on to play the Group H winner.

But with a loss, it gets complicated. The U.S. still could advance depending on the outcome of the Ghana-Portugal game.

Players to watch

U.S.- A name that you might hear a lot is center midfielder Michael Bradley. Some analysts think he didn't play well in the U.S. win over Portugal, but that he has a chance to reclaim his star status in Thursday's game. Other notable players to watch include Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman.

Germany- Thomas Mueller may be the key person in Thursday's game, although, he got five stitches during the match against Ghana. Other players to watch include Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Mario Gotze, and Miroslav Klose.

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