Canadian, we're here for you!
Lukas Podolski escapes down the left wing and swings in a low cross that Howard does well to dive and claim. And breathe...
He's here! James Tyler will take over the U.S. game for you lovely people - direct your messages to me for Portugal vs. Ghana.
Hi everyone... what did I miss?
Besides GERMAN DOMINATION early on. Not good. It'll slow down though. The tempo, the pace. It won't always be like this. Will it?
Jon, Germany have had 87% of the ball so far.
Chance for Germany! They're lining up in the penalty area. Another lop-sided offside trap affords the chance to cross. Three men try to get a leg on it, none of them do. Mercy.
Sliding hack by Michael Bradley clears the ball. Is it any wonder the U.S. look so nervy? Omar Gonzalez is playing.
Michael, we're here for you good sir.
CONTROVERSY: Yellow card for Benedikt Howedes for hacking down Fabian Johnson as the U.S. break down the right flank. Ref calls it dead despite that Jermaine Jones appeared to have a clear advantage. Could have continued the run. Alas.
The Portugal captain spanks a free kick at goal and Fatawu Dauda shows strong hands to beat the shot away.
Good news! The German half of the pitch isn't merely a hypothetical. A few glorious seconds of passing inside enemy territory there.