Most sports analysts are still scratching their heads that USA made it out of the elimination rounds of the 2014 World Cup. The team is almost the worst offensively and to get past Belgium today, they need to be more aggressive.
The pregame drama revolved around the health of two star players, with Belgium’s Vincent Kompany questionable with an injury and Jozy Altidore possibly making a return from his hamstring injury for the United States. The Americans could use some help with their attack, which generated precious few chances in their final group game against Germany. Belgium has fallen into the habit of scoring late, and only when it really needs to, often after substitutes come in to add energy. It will need to break out of that pattern as the competition improves if it hopes to advance.
Here are the results so far in the knockout rounds of sixteen:
After tying with Chile 1 – 1 and two mandatory overtime rounds, Brazil beat them 5 – 2 in penalty kicks.
Columbia 2 – Uruguay 0
Netherlands 2 – Mexico 1
Costa Rica beat Greece 5 – 3 in penalty kick after regulation and overtime play.
France 2 – Nigeria 0
Germany 2 – Algeria 1
Argentina 1 – Switzerland 0
The Quarter Finals start Friday July 4:
Noon EDT France vs Germany
4 PM EDT Brazil v Columbia
Saturday July 5
Noon EDT Agentina v The winner of USA – Belgium
4 PM EDT Netherlands v Costa Rica