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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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United States men's soccer team fans, from left, Bastian Weil, 9, Justin Anzelet, 10, Gavin Anzelet, 8, and Mason Carter, 9, look on as the U.S. works out at the Sao Paulo FC training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The U.S. will play in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Thursday on TV: Can Team USA beat Germany at the World Cup? Who will the Jazz pick in NBA draft?

In case you haven't heard, there's a big soccer game today. It's Team USA vs. Team Germany (10 a.m., ESPN) in the World Cup.

This match, along with Ghana vs. Portugal (10 a.m., ESPN2), will determine whether the Americans make it out of the group stage an into the knockout round. The easiest way for the USMNT to advance is to win or tie against Germany.

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It gets somewhat complicated after that. But, basically, Americans have to root for Portugal to beat Ghana by a goal, maybe two. That combined with an American loss by a goal, maybe two, will get Team USA through.

Other World Cup action today features South Korea vs. Belgium (2 p.m., ESPN) and

Algeria vs. Russia (2 p.m., ESPN2)

Later today, we'll finally find out what the Utah Jazz are going to do with that No. 5 pick at the NBA draft (5 p.m., ESPN).

Elsewhere on TV ...

Black Box (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Catherine treats a patient with alien-hand syndrome.

Dominion (7 and 8:30 p.m., Syfy): Alex rejects his new role as the Chosen One.

Hell's Kitchen (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The Top 7 chefs serve guests from Oxfam America

Rookie Blue (8 and 9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Andy and Nick raid an illegal gambling operation.

Undateable (8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC//Ch. 5): Justin pushes Danny; Justin's father visits.

Gang Related (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Carlos opposes his father's plan to reform the family business.

NY Med (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Second-season premiere of this engaging documentary series that follows the staff and patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Last Comic Standing (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): It's a group challenge - sketch comedy.

Rectify (10 p.m., Sundance): Daniel is still in an induced coma.

Kate Plus 8 (11 p.m., TLC): Conclusion of a two-part special that catches up with Kate Gosselin and her eight children. Gag.



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