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World Cup 2014: U.S. braces for Belgium in knockout stage clash [4pm EDT]
WP ^ | June 30, 2014 | Steven Goff

Posted on 07/01/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT by 1rudeboy

SALVADOR, Brazil — Every four years, soccer cleans its slate and allows nations to reinvent themselves. Forgotten teams resurface. Small programs make big strides. Champions uphold their legacy or, in the case of Spain this summer, show their age.

For the second consecutive World Cup, the United States is in position for a breakthrough, a fresh narrative, a defining moment.

[From Fancy Stats: How the United States can beat Belgium | What to expect from U.S.-Belgium (not much scoring) ]

Four years ago in South Africa, the Americans won their first-round group in a heroic manner but lost to Ghana on an extra-time goal in the knockout stage. It wasn’t an upset; rather, it was a missed opportunity to reach the quarterfinals for the second time in three tournaments and set the tone for the next World Cup cycle.

On Tuesday, the U.S. squad enters a round-of-16 match against Belgium with another chance to nudge the program along a little further. The Belgians are a more formidable foe than Ghana was in 2010, having arrived in Brazil with a stable of top-flight talent and a deserved label as dark-horse candidates to hit the semifinals or beyond.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: soccer; worldcup2014
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1 posted on 07/01/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I’m not sure on this one. Doesn’t Belgium have a couple of its top players on the injured list? That may help us. And we have been playing strong defense. But this could be as much of a challenge for us as Germany was.


3 posted on 07/01/2014 10:11:06 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: 1rudeboy

Belgium is fashionable this time. Gonna be a tough match.

It’s all about possession. Dempsey and Bradley (shudder) will make or break us in midfield.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 10:11:30 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Any word on Altidore? Playing? Subbing?


5 posted on 07/01/2014 10:15:41 AM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Coverage starts at 3:30 ET2:30 CT on ESPN.


6 posted on 07/01/2014 10:16:11 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: 1rudeboy
We didn't even know what soccer was when I was a kid.

Sorry....I'm rooting for Belgium.

7 posted on 07/01/2014 10:19:12 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: IronJack

Belgium is the JV version of Portugal - some great individual players, not so much of a team. I think we can take ‘em. Neither Argentina nor Switzerland are looking impressive either... possible semifinal matchup with Costa Rica brewing?


8 posted on 07/01/2014 10:19:38 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Obadiah

Klinsman says Altidore is ready to go. Could be a bit of gamesmanship though. Question is does he start or is he a sub. If he’s a sub and then can’t go then you’ve burned 2 subs...


9 posted on 07/01/2014 10:20:51 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Obadiah

Word is that he’s available. But if he is, I wouldn’t expect him to play the entire match (or he might come in as a sub, especially if we are down).


10 posted on 07/01/2014 10:21:41 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: kevkrom

Belgium is 11-0-2 in their last 13 international matches...

I don’t think CRC gets past the Dutch. Would be fun to see though.


11 posted on 07/01/2014 10:22:06 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Wyatt's Torch

That’s what I’m thinking, a bit of gamesmanship. As bad as that looked, I simply cannot imagine any athlete coming back earlier than at least 4-6 weeks. They never indicated the severity of the pull/rip, but it sure looked bad.


12 posted on 07/01/2014 10:24:38 AM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: 1rudeboy

<-——Waiting for August when REAL football starts.


13 posted on 07/01/2014 10:27:34 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Adder

I take it you mean Rugby?
I say dump the pussified NFL and make rugby the sport of sports for us. Soccer, baseball, and NFL are all crap over the last 20 years. NBA still has a little fun in there, but not enough to match a real field game like rugby.


14 posted on 07/01/2014 10:40:39 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Adder

Yep. Pink gloves, and gay players. Have fun.


15 posted on 07/01/2014 10:42:09 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Crush the Miserable Fat Belgian Bastards!


16 posted on 07/01/2014 10:42:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lefty-lie-spy

I assumed he was talking the start of the Premiere League season.


17 posted on 07/01/2014 10:43:04 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: dfwgator
Cool graphics at the link. But Fellaini that quick? LOL
18 posted on 07/01/2014 10:44:48 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: kevkrom

Looks like Argentina just scored at 119. Nice shot on goal by Switzerland — missed.


19 posted on 07/01/2014 11:30:49 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack

Yep, things got Messi in the 119th minute.


20 posted on 07/01/2014 11:44:55 AM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: IronJack

USA: Howard, Gonzalez, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey (c), Bedoya, Jones, Zusi, Cameron, Johnson

BEL: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany (c), Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini, Hazard, Mertens, Van Buyten, Origi

Obviously not in formation order.


21 posted on 07/01/2014 11:45:05 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: IronJack
If nothing else, US-Belgium has to be more interesting than the first match… I had to turn that off awhile ago. Not surprised that Argentina came out on top – at least it didn't come down to penalties.
22 posted on 07/01/2014 11:47:16 AM PDT by mikrofon (Go USA! Bump)
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To: kevkrom

Note: no Beckerman or Altidore for USA.


23 posted on 07/01/2014 11:48:07 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: 1rudeboy

How do they figure odds in soccer? 0-0 score 1:1, any tied score 2:1, any score at all 3:1, over 0, under 1

I’m cracking myself up. More scoring would mean more fans. Sorry but I just can’t get in to the whole hype but I still want USA to win


24 posted on 07/01/2014 11:52:50 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: shotgun
Just let the bookies figure the odds. I do. :)

And just let the networks hype, it's their job. Go USA!

25 posted on 07/01/2014 12:02:42 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

The first match was proof you don’t need a lot of scoring to have an exciting match. Switzerland played very well and could have easily won.


26 posted on 07/01/2014 12:42:18 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: kevkrom

Is the match underway?


27 posted on 07/01/2014 12:49:19 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack

Starts in about 7-8 minutes.


28 posted on 07/01/2014 12:53:31 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Enjoy the game, soccer fans.


29 posted on 07/01/2014 12:54:05 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: Sacajaweau

LOL you must really be old.
I’m 66 and played club soccer in college.
I put it in the category of “fun to play but deadly boring to watch”


30 posted on 07/01/2014 12:55:47 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: 1rudeboy

All rise. Let’s get it done!


31 posted on 07/01/2014 12:56:48 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

Bradley need to cut the crap and get it together!!


32 posted on 07/01/2014 1:04:45 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Col, do you know the explanation for the two small blue flags handed over following the coin toss?


33 posted on 07/01/2014 1:05:19 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

Bradley is certainly due to have a good game. If he can play like he did in the second half against Portugal we’ll do alright


34 posted on 07/01/2014 1:08:14 PM PDT by Textide
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To: NYer

FIFA pennants. It is a tradition for captains to exchange gifts before full international matches.


35 posted on 07/01/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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Hmmm. Sound only here. Color bars on the screen. Local problem? ESPN via TimeWarnerCable.


36 posted on 07/01/2014 1:10:40 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Americans testing both flanks early in the game. Good for them. Belgium is playing four natural center-halves and may be vulnerable there.


37 posted on 07/01/2014 1:11:02 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Sacajaweau; nascarnation
We didn't even know what soccer was when I was a kid.

Same here. In 1976, we purchased our first home and drove to NJ to see Pele play a game. Our neighbor's son was in elementary school and played soccer. Apparently, in the mid 70s, there was a major push in the US to introduce the sport, beginning with youth. It has taken 40 years to develop a solid US fan base.

38 posted on 07/01/2014 1:11:38 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: Cboldt
I have Cox Cable and ESPN is broadcasting fine.

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39 posted on 07/01/2014 1:13:53 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: NYer

I can understand total apathy toward soccer (like I have) but don’t understand the hate.


40 posted on 07/01/2014 1:14:20 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: TomGuy

Thank you for that report. I’ll surf a few channels here before settling for the sound-only experience.


41 posted on 07/01/2014 1:16:44 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: nascarnation

“Headers Head & Haters Hate”


42 posted on 07/01/2014 1:19:29 PM PDT by mikrofon (Go USA! Bump)
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To: nascarnation
I can understand total apathy toward soccer (like I have) but don’t understand the hate.

Perhaps it is a poor analogy but scoring in soccer is very much like in hockey. This is an intellectual game, IMHO. If anything, soccer truly fits the definition of football whereas American 'football' rarely involves use of the foot.

43 posted on 07/01/2014 1:20:48 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: nascarnation

Some people don’t like games where scoring means something. Oh, well.


44 posted on 07/01/2014 1:21:37 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Cboldt

Can you access ESPN GO via web browser?


45 posted on 07/01/2014 1:22:37 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Cboldt

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=255951/match=300186497/index.html#overview#nosticky


46 posted on 07/01/2014 1:24:26 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,752 threads and 85,005 replies. ..)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Just what I was afraid of. More ineffective midfield play coupled with getting carved open far too easily. Belgium could be ahead 3-0 already if they had simply taken the chances open to them.


47 posted on 07/01/2014 1:26:18 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: 1rudeboy

That Euro announcer is irritating. He sounds like the US is 20 points behind.


48 posted on 07/01/2014 1:27:53 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Ian Darke is as good as they get. He calls a good game. We have been playing defense for the last 10 minutes, he’s got it right.


49 posted on 07/01/2014 1:30:02 PM PDT by Textide
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To: Textide

Johnson leaves with injury, Cameron on a yellow. USA is getting manhandled at the moment and is forced into a first half substitution. Not good.


50 posted on 07/01/2014 1:31:47 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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