The United States showed some fight toward the end of its 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium. Goal looks back at the good, bad and ugly from Tuesday's match.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The U.S. national team had a chance to make history and continue to captivate a nation on Tuesday, but a lackluster performance saw the American World Cup dream end.
The striker rediscovered his best form in the dramatic win over the United States; his Chelsea teammate will have to do likewise if the Red Devils are to reach the last four.
Nothing could separate the two team in 90 minutes but after a frantic extra time period the Red Devils did enough to book a place in the World Cup quarterfinals against Argentina.
Two goals in the first additional period were enough to dispatch a brave challenge from the Americans, who got one back through Green to set up a tense finale.
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The right back had been one of the team's most consistent contributors but was replaced by DeAndre Yedlin after sustaining an injury.
The striker is available to play against Belgium in the round of 16, but the coach has decided to once again start Clint Dempsey as the lone striker.
The Brazilian midfielder's rumored MLS signing has been confirmed at a Tuesday morning news conference.
In a 2014 World Cup where the stakes are already high for every team left, the U.S. is facing a seminal moment as Belgium clash could be most important match ever.
Despite some questioning the coach's tactics during the World Cup, the United States is clearly moving in the right direction under Klinsmann.
Monday, June 30, 2014
After advancing to the round of 16 despite a loss to Germany, the U.S. is set for a tough test against a young Belgian side on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.
When asked if the Mexican goalkeeper would excel in the English league, former U.S. international shot-stopper said the league "is not for every goalkeeper."
If they stick to the flanks, the U.S. national team's drifting wingers can expose Belgium in the round of 16.
The Netherlands winger did not cheat the game. He did not attempt to fool the official; he only assured the foul committed by the Mexican defender.
The American forward sustained a hamstring injury in the first group match but could return for the round of 16 match.
The Levante goalkeeper says the Ticos "want to have a place in people's hearts forever" after this surprising World Cup run.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
The Belgium defender says he is far from blown away by his former Bayern boss' work with the U.S. national team.
Michael Umana netted the winning penalty as Costa Rica made it into the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in its history, despite going down to 10 men.
The shot-stopper was a revelation at Levante in 2013-14 and is writing history with his national side as their incredible World Cup moves to the last eight.