World Cup Day Five: Open Thread

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Former Roma midfielder Michael Bradley leads his American teammates against Ghana, while Miroslav Klose will attempt to take one step closer to Ronaldo's World Cup scoring record when Germany takes on Portugal.

Despite the smattering of empty seats, occasionally oppressive humidity and goal line technology confusion, World Cup 2014 has been a rousing success, particularly for fans of attacking football. Through four days and eleven matches, a total of 37 goals have been scored, more than double the pace in South Africa four years ago, which isn't surprising, given the preponderance of research that suggests vuvuzelas are damaging to mental acuity, muscular function and simple coordination.

From Robin Van Persie's headed golazo to Lionel Messi's nimble feet to Sead Kolasinac's ignominious third minute own goal, the quickest in World Cup history, Brazil 2014 has been one for the record books.

While day five may be Roma-less, it brings two absolutely scintillating matchups, as powerhouses Germany and Portugal face off in the day's first match, while the United States and Ghana meet for the third straight World Cup, closing out Monday's matches.

The Matches

Group

Venue

Time

Germany v Portugal

G

Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

Noon (EDT)

Iran v Nigeria

F

Arena Da Baixada, Curtiba

15:00 (EDT)

Ghana v United States

G

Estadia Das Dunas, Natal

18:00 (EDT)

Any Romans, past or present, on duty?

Just the Bald Beauty himself, Michael Bradley. In his brief Roma career, Bradley made 41 appearances, including 29 starts, and scored two goals and contributed two assists, while completing approximately 90% of his passes.

We've already dissected Bradley's role at Roma more times than I care to remember, but it was an amicable split, so let's wish him well in the US's attempt to overcome their Ghanaian troubles.

Any potential transfer targets or former adversaries to pique my interest?

Transfer targets, not really, but Germany and Sampdoria center half Shkodran Mustafi is an intriguing young prospect who might pique Walter Sabatini's interest in the not too distant future.

As far as Roma's enemies on the pitch, Ghana trots out the trio of Sulley Muntari, KP Boateng, and  Kwadwo Asamoah, while Germany features Lazio's Miroslav Klose, perhaps the least detestable man to ever wear that putrid shirt.

Where to watch

By now, I'm going to assume that wherever you reside, you probably know which station to tune into, but just in case you're a stranger in a foreign land, LiveSoccerTV has got you covered, while ESPN will cover all three matches for our American friends.

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