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"Hi Joachim. It's your good buddy Jurgen. Can we get a coffee this week?"
After the Jurgen Klinsmann-coached Americans drew Portugal 2-2 Sunday night, a draw against Germany on Thursday will see both Group G sides through to the next stage.
It just so happens German bench boss Joachim Low was Klinsmann's right-hand man when he coached Germany at the 2006 edition.
So, naturally, there's unfounded chit chat of collusion ahead of Thursday's match, especially when you consider Germany's history at the tournament.
In 1982, the German team was accused of colluding with Austria to produce a result that saw the neighbours both advance in Spain -- a piece of history the German press hit hard post-game, even asking Klinsmann about a potential phone call with Low down the road.
"I don't think we are made for draws unless it happens like tonight," Klinsmann responded shortly after the U.S conceded a late equalizer.
"Both (the U.S. and Germany) want to win the group," Klinsmann continued. "The U.S. is known to give all they have in every single game, otherwise Mexico wouldn't be here."
True, the U.S. scored at the death in Panama to save their biggest rival during qualification for Brazil 2014, knocking the Panamanians out in the process.
And, considering the loser of Thursday's U.S.-Germany game could face Belgium in the second round, there's incentive to win in Recife in four day's time.
For Portugal, it all went wrong after beginning Sunday night's decisive fixture in dreamland by scoring off a Geoff Cameron mistake five minutes in.
As they did here Sunday, the Americans have now conceded more early goals than any side in World Cup history.
To that end, if there was a stat for World Cup thrillers, they'd lead that too following Sunday night's finish.
Up 2-1 and seconds away from securing qualification, the Americans allowed a touch of brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo to leave them speechless.
Following a late turnover from Michael Bradley, the world's best player whipped in a perfectly-placed cross that Silvestre Varela headed in with 30 seconds remaining.
And with that, the U.S. was back out of the Round of 16, needing just a draw -- or even a loss depending on goal-differential -- on the final day at this point to advance in the competition.
"I think we had a foot in the door, so there's disappointment," U.S. 'keeper Tim Howard said. "But we've given ourselves the chance.
"Football is cruel sometimes. We try and take every result as it comes. Tomorrow will be a new day. We have life in the group of death.
Coming into Brazil 2014 very few people gave the U.S. any chance to advance. With two of the world's top five teams in Group G, the U.S. was expected to come up short.
After Cameron's miss-clearance inside the area allowed Nani to score five minutes in, most Americans thought it would be a long night.
After all, Ronaldo -- supposedly injured -- looked like Ronaldo early on and the U.S. was struggling to retain possession.
The U.S. was lucky not to be down a pair after Howard's howler almost allowed Eder to add a second a minute before the half.
"We never lost control of the match," Portugal bench boss Paulo Bento said post-game. "We didn't dominate, but I guess both teams had a defensive strategy."
Until the second half, when the U.S. came out flying and eventually found a way back into the match through a Jermain Jones blast.
The U.S. midfielder struck a curling effort off a recycled corner that left Portugal's Beto rooted to the ground.
"We could have added a third or fourth goal with the chances we had," Klinsmann said.
It looked like one more would be enough.
In a match with few clear-cut chances, DeAndre Yedlin's cross with 10 minutes left eventually rolled to Graham Zusi at the back post before the U.S. midfielder squared to Clint Dempsey for the easy finish.
"This wasn't a matter of individual players," Bento explained the result to Portuguese reporters.
Prior to Sunday's game, Portugal's bench boss said his players might as well pack their bags if they didn't get a win.
"We are depending on third parties now," Bento added. "The difference is high in goals … We have to play and do our best (versus Ghana on Thursday)."
After being trounced 4-0 by Germany last week, a win here Sunday was Portugal's only real chance.
After back-to-back goals from the U.S. put Portugal in a hole, the Iberians pushed hard before finally breaking through at the close.
Ronaldo, absent most of the second half, rose to meet a cross five minutes from time only to see it trickle wide.
Early in stoppage time, the world's best player also missed another header a minute before providing the assist on Varela's late equalizer.
"At this moment, we have to talk about our team," Bento said when asked about potential Group G collusion. "We don't have to think about the next game."
The question remains: With the ties the U.S. and Germany have, will it even matter?
ANSCHLUSS ALL OVER AGAIN
The Anschluss of Gijon changed the World Cup forever.
Until 1982, some final group games at the World Cup were played on back-to-back days, giving teams playing on the second day a bigger picture of what result they would need to progress.
After Germany's shocking loss to Algeria in its first game that year, the Germans and Austrians entered the final day of round-robin play knowing a 1- or 2-0 win by the Germans would see both of the teams through.
So, after Germany took an 1-0 earlier lead, the teams quit playing, passing the ball in circles until the finish.
After both sides progressed, the situation was dubbed the Anschluss of Gijon, a phrase relating to one-time German annexation of its neighour.
Since then, final World Cup group games have been played simultaneously to avoid as much controversy as possible.