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Lots could determine fate of U.S., England at World Cup

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Landon Donovan (left) hopes to lead the Americans to the next round of the World Cup in South Africa  (Photo: File) Landon Donovan (left) hopes to lead the Americans to the next round of the World Cup in South Africa (Photo: File)

PRETORIA, South Africa - If the U.S. and England finish even on all tiebreakers for second place in World Cup Group C, a drawing of lots to determine which team advances would take place at Soccer City in Johannesburg one hour after the games.

The U.S. plays Algeria at Pretoria, and England meets Slovenia at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday in the final matches of the group at 10 a.m. EDT.

Slovenia (1-0-1) leads with four points, followed by the U.S. and England (both 0-0-2) with two apiece, and Algeria (0-1-1) with one. The U.S. and England both have even goal differences, and the Americans are ahead 3-1 in the next tiebreaker, goals scored.

If the Americans and English both draw, and England scores two more goals than the U.S. on Wednesday, both teams would finish tied for second, requiring the drawing of lots.  

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United States
vs.
Algeria

Wed. at 7 a.m. (PT)
Slovenia
vs.
England

Wed. at 7 a.m. (PT)
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