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World Cup Preview: Belgium vs. USA

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Round of 16

Belgium vs. USA

Tuesday, July 1st

1:00pm

Arena Fonte Nova

Salvador, Brazil


United States (The Yanks)

Players to watch:

-         Matt Besler, defender: He’ll be charged with stopping...everything. The best defender thus far for the Yanks, Besler will need to keep up the pace against possibly the most well-oiled machine of Belgium

-         Michael Bradley, midfielder: The Yanks’ best player has yet to play his best game (or even his close really good game) and still the United States has moved on. Right about now would be a fantastic time for him to finally break through.

Head Coach:

-         Jurgen Klinsmann:  Has already made the first chess move by calling out the match’s referee. Klinsmann pointed out that Algerian Djamel Haimoudi will be able to communicate better with Belgium players seeing how both speak French and that he comes from a country that was in the first round group alongside Belgium, and that his country was eliminated by the Yanks in 2010.

Belgium (Red Devils)

Players to watch:

-         Marouane Fellaini, midfielder: The guy looks like Side Show Bob except that he stands 6’4” and usually positions himself right in front of the goal on Belgium corner kicks. Also he tends to flop. Oh and he claims he was driven from Liverpool because “the women were crawling for me.”

-         Thibaut Courtois, goalkeeper: In a World Cup made up of goaltenders looking to make money after the World Cup…he’s had himself a pretty good few weeks.

Head Coach:

-         Marc Wilmots: His nickname Das Kampfschwein. That translates to The War Pig. Do you really need to know anything else?

Matchup

            Much like Ghana, here’s another match where midfielders will play big a role. Bradley once again will be vital in the counter attack. Belgium’s Eden Hazzard can bend it like Ronaldo. Watch for Graham Zusi and Fabian Johnson to double up on him. In the end, we’re talking a tie game that goes into PK’s and if it’s PK’s, nothing’s getting past Tim Howard. US moves on.

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