In addition to Germany, the United States will also qualify for the World Cup semi-finals in Riga.
The quarter-final between the United States and Slovakia was not at all tragic. The Americans led 3-0 in the first division and won 6-1.
Since the loss to Finland (1:2) in the beginning, the Americans have celebrated seven straight victories. In their eight matches, they conceded only nine goals.
Colin Blackwell and Conor Garland scored two goals each against the Slovaks. Petr Celerik, the most successful scorer in this tournament (with five goals and six assists), cut short in the second division for Slovaks, who have to leave the World Cup for the ninth time in a row without a medal.
On the other hand, the United States is only two victories away from its first world title since 1933. Since the turn of the millennium, Americans have won four bronze medals (2004, 2013, 2015, 2018). Justin Abdelkader, who recently became a Swiss champion with EV Zug, also wants this medal. Abdelkader will not appear in Riga afterwards due to a lower body injury. But he remained in seclusion in Latvia and swore his team to the task with a poignant pre-match speech.
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