The U.S. World Cup team may need a point Thursday against three-time champion Germany in Recife to advance to the Round of 16. The Americans could clinch with a loss, depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana game. (June 25)

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Germany and the United States will play their last World Cup group match on Thursday as planned, despite torrential rain in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife, soccer's world governing body FIFA said Thursday.

“The match will get started at 1p.m. (11 a.m. Chicago time) as originally anticipated,” a FIFA spokeswoman said. “It is true there are heavy rains but the match will go ahead as scheduled.”

A draw between Germany and the U.S. would send both teams into the second round and eliminate Portugal and Ghana who also play on Thursday.