World Cup: USA vs. Belgium (SBI Live Match Commentary)



SALVADOR, Brazil — It just might wind up being the most important day in American soccer history.

The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Belgium today in the World Cup Round of 16 (4pm, ESPN/Univision), and with a country gaining more and more interest by the day in what the U.S. does, the Americans have a chance to inspire a country and move a step closer to immortality with a victory today.

Standing in the way is a talent-laden Belgium side that is missing some key players on defense, but still boasts plenty of talent across the board, particularly in attack, where the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini will be ones to watch.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s action so please feel free to follow along with the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (SBI live commentary is after the jump):

Live Blog World Cup: USA vs. Belgium (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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286 Responses to World Cup: USA vs. Belgium (SBI Live Match Commentary)

  1. Tony Meola says:

    Not a huge surprise, Jozy will not be starting (per Jeremy Schaap of ESPN)

    • Mr_A says:

      Oh well … I was hoping to see Wondo. Here’s hoping the lineup works. With 4 defenders and 5 midfielders, is this the 4-5-1? We’ll see what he means to do with it, but it looks like a halfhearted attack.

      Let’s hope it messes with the Belgians’ heads enough to be a high pressing forceful wave of merciless attacks. Go USA!

  2. Mikey K says:

    Man, I am on pins ad needles waiting for this match!

  3. pk-tackle says:

    What’s up with with all these late goals lately? Are teams really losing their concentration during the final minutes?

    Well, it’s almost game time. Let’s go US! Really hope we can kick it up a notch!

    • Landy Cakes says:

      Its probably the heat. The forwards only have to be on their game for a moment of brilliance while the defense has to stay on their toes the whole time, at the end of the game fatigue is taking a greater toll on the defense. Its been a factor this whole world cup, lots of teams that scored first lost in the group stage.

      • Alex H says:

        Not the heat. Sau Paulo was actually in the 60’s today and Porto Allegre yesterday had English weather. Those 2 cities are far to the South and actually have a cool season.

  4. Jack says:

    Will the high goal scoring trend continue in Salvador? 21 goals in the 4 matches held there so far.

  5. sethiepoo says:

    Sky Sports is saying that Jozy Altidore received a hamstring transplant this week from a diseased Haitian sprinter, which accounts for why he is healed in such short time. The name of the sprinter was undisclosed…

  6. owenp says:

    Wow geoff coming in for becks. Iwas hoping he went to right back moving johnson up but i loke the move i ffigured geoff would come in somewhere other than cb to provide extra height for us. Lets do this us

    • Vik says:

      He will likely pick up Fellaini in midfield. If he can win the matchup it takes away a safety blanket for Belgium’s possession game. Lobbing it to Fellaini is their effective backup plan for playing out of pressure.

      And yes, extra height on set pieces. Belgium has some huge dudes: Buyten, Kompany, Fellaini…

      • Marcelo Balboa's Mustache says:

        Still nervous about Cameron’s positioning. Getting flipped around the field so much is terrible for your positional instinct. Never thought I’d be so nervous to see Beckerman OUT of the lineup.

    • Mikey K says:

      Apparently he did move Johnson up to forward. I hope this formation will work in our favor.

  7. Ghost of John OBrien says:

    Am I looking at it correctly, have all group winners moved on so far? That has to stop now

    • Mr_A says:

      Correct, up until now.

    • William the Terror says:

      If I recall correctly, at the 2010 tournament, we were the only Group winner not to win our round-of-sixteen game. So, if you’re looking for karmic justice, it would only be fair for us to be the only second-place group team to win this time.

  8. Dunno says:

    I think we should all be soaking this moment up, enjoying every minute of it and remember that regardless of the result, this is a special thing we are witnessing. The best part about supporting our USMNT is that we will never be disappointed in their fight, hustle and blood-spilling effort. Not every country can say that about their national team.. How many apathetic performances have we seen from countries that are expected to win. This is a unique moment in our nation’s soccer timeline… Win or lose, let’s be thankful that we have a nation of warriors.

  9. Jamie Z. says:

    I really like Cameron starting as a DM/third centre back. I think it makes sense given Belgium’s attacking options and the way teams have been lining up at this World Cup. I’ve been thinking about that option a lot over the past few days, but I’m actually a bit surprised to see it reflected in Klinsmann’s lineup.

  10. KingGoogleyEye says:

    With Cameron in, will we see more of a 3-5-1? Or the same 4-1-4-1 from last match?

    This change of taking out Beckerman has me nervous.

    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      D’oh, meant “3-5-2.” Hopefully we only see a 9-man field from Belgium :)

      • Cylo says:

        Cameron a 10 times better DM then Beckerman. I like Kyle but Cameron quicker and had a good game out there. He was better then Bradley and Jones out there today.

  11. JayAre says:

    Cameron in Midfield. This means we really want to attack.

    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      Could be. Maybe he gets the same kind of license Jones has to push forward—something Beckerman really couldn’t do and still get back in time to defend.

    • Jamie Z. says:

      I don’t necessarily see it that way. I don’t think we’re going to park the bus, but I think this could play out almost like a 5-4-1, with three strong central defenders, a relatively narrow midfield behind a lone striker, and our width coming from Johnson and Beasley. And then possibly shift into something more closely resembling a 4-5-1 when necessary, with Cameron pushing into the midfield. My guess is Klinsmann will expect it to be relatively fluid in that sense.

  12. BrianVT says:

    Hill Farmstead American Pale Ale is on ice. No way we lose this…

    • Jojo says:

      Smashing it up in Chiraq with malort, old style and strawberry cough – if that ain’t country you can kiss my ( ! )

  13. Alex H says:

    I like the starting lineup but I don’t think that they will play resembling a 4-3-3 which is what the tactical formation looks like according to the USSF.

  14. Landy Cakes says:

    uhhhhh…. where are people seeing the starting line up/formation?

  15. Shawn says:

    cameron starting and gonzo

  16. Nick says:

    My initial reaction when the lineup was posted was that it would set up something like this:


    However, it looks like its pretty much just a Cameron for Beckerman straight swap with nothing else changed

  17. Ben says:

    “biggest match in national team history” seems a little much. We have already passed this point in the cup in 02′.

    • Brad in Brazil says:

      yeah but the Belgium game starts in 45 min!!

    • Nick says:

      It isn’t the biggest match because of the tournament stage. It’s the biggest match because there has never been this level of attention and support for the team. 2002 was great results-wise, but the games were on in the middle of the night and did not draw nearly this level of publicity and love. This is a major opportunity to grab new fans and help take the national team program and MLS to a new level.

      • Paul Terry says:

        I have followed this team since 1990 and this is not the biggest match. Like it was said before we’ve been pass this point already and in 2002 we had the bonus of beating the arch enemy. The biggest match will be if somehow miraculously we get past Belgium today and have to play Argentina for a spot in the semis; now that’s huge.

        • James says:

          I understand the other side of the argument, and it is certainly legitimate. However, I think that this game holds more importance simply because of the number of eyes that will be watching. You brought up beating Mexico in 2002, but how many people who weren’t already committed fans got up at 3 or 4 am to watch that? If we’re strictly speaking soccer then its no question that 2002 was more important, but in my opinion, the momentum on a larger scale from a result today trumps 2002.

        • James says:

          And we’re on the same page about Argentina. If we can get to the quarters, multiply the importance of whichever game you think was bigger by 1000

  18. Tony Meola says:





  19. Justin El Matador says:

    It sounds like the lineup is going to allow Fab Jo to get play as a right wing forward with probably Zusi on the left of Dempsey. It allows Fab Jo and Zusi to switch. We will count on JJ, MB90 and Ale B to hold down the 3-man midfield, and probably won’t see more than 1 or 2 go forward at a time. Beasley and Cam will stay back more, as we will be attacking with Fab, Deuce, Zusi, JJ or MB90, all at once.

  20. chuck says:

    Klinsi starting Omar to wreck our nerves I assume.

  21. Paul Terry says:

    Finally, Klismann listened to all of us who were shouting for Becky to be taken out. Becky’s slower-than-molasses-in-the-wintertime-back-pass style has been a hindrance for USMNT’s tactical approach during this world cup.

    • James says:

      I used to feel exactly like this about Beckerman, but he has turned me around over the past year or two. He has been a rock this tournament. There’s no way you see this level from Jermaine Jones without Beckerman behind him.

  22. chris says:

    I know people like to hate on Lalas but he knows more than most people on here and thats saying something

  23. Kevin_H says:

    This new live commentary doesn’t work on my browser. (Assuming it’s new)

  24. SoundersFan says:

    Please stop pre-game lets get this game one, COME ON USA, WE NEED THIS FOR OUR COUNTRY TO CONTINUE TO GROW the sport, I just saw soccer on CNN, that’s a first.

  25. Paul Terry says:

    11 mikes.

  26. Paul Terry says:

    And pleeeeeeaaaaase, DO NOT CONCEDE AN EARLY GOAL.

  27. Paul Terry says:

    6 mikes and I’ll see at half time.

  28. Shawn says:

    I BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Brant says:

    Big crowd here in downtown Raleigh, NC. And a round of applause when the anthem finished. Never sent hat in a bar before…

  30. hudson says:

    All the optimism around this game is making me nervous. I read Hazard said he wants to put his stamp on this World Cup…

  31. JayAre says:

    Every American right now link to

  32. Shawn says:


  33. hudson says:

    I see Mix subbing in for Bradley in the second half.

  34. Luke says:

    Bradley is a turnover machine again.

    • Citronomics says:

      MB has missed on a couple of attempts that killed our build up. That said, his combination play with Deuce led to our best chance so far.

      • Luke says:

        The only MF playing well with the ball on his feet and passing is Jones. Bradley, Zusi and Bedoya are coughing up the in bad places.

    • Clover362 says:

      Bradley has been winning the ball back and has made good passes. He is not going to have 95% completion in the attacking 3rd, there are guys playing defense you know. He is also covering insane ground as always.

  35. Shawn says:

    i believe in Rhianna.

  36. Brent McD. says:

    Hazard vs. Yedlin? yikes!

  37. Pace says:

    Welp. Belgium came to play today.

  38. Sean says:

    Where the %#$@ is Donovan when you need him?!

  39. JayAre says:

    Come on Yedlin work your magic

    • Citronomics says:

      First chance he gets, Yedlin takes on his marker right away. Second chance pushes the ball forward too fast. Hope we can keep getting the ball to our wings as both Beas and DeAndre can beat the Belgium wing backs.

  40. ED says:

    Donovan would be lovely right about now

  41. JayAre says:

    Our 4-3-3 looks like a defensive 4-5-1 again.

  42. Luke says:

    Klinsmann and Herzog look in shock after FJ’s injury.

  43. espada says:

    Let this half finish…

  44. Francois says:

    Why does Ian Darke keep saying how great Belgium is playing? They haven’t really looked like they’re dominating the game, but I guess that’s just my opinion.

    • Citronomics says:

      Agree in that don’t think it’s been clear cut dominance. Belgium has had better and more chances AND the US has beaten Belgium down the flanks on several occasions – as I write this Zusi wins a corner on the right flank.

  45. Shawn says:

    Best 2 players so far: Beasley and Yedlin

  46. Francois says:

    Not going to lie, Darke is starting to piss me off with his comments about how “superior” Belgium look.

    • UclaBruinGreat says:

      To be fair… you are a USA fan so your view is biased and skewed. Belgium has more of the ball and is pressuring more. USA is having to defend much more. Belgium is definitely on the front foot.

      The Univision guys have also been saying that USA is under-siege.

  47. Silversurfer says:

    What game is Ian Darke watching?

    • UclaBruinGreat says:

      Same as above comment. To be fair… you are a USA fan so your view is biased and skewed. Belgium has more of the ball and is pressuring more. USA is having to defend much more. Belgium is definitely on the front foot.

      The Univision guys have also been saying that USA is under-siege.

      USA not being dominated.. but definitely on their heels in the first half. They did have some good chances on the counter, but few and far in-between.

  48. Tony Meola says:

    Yedlin has been an absolute stud going forward

  49. Paul Terry says:

    I am sorry to bring this up again, but Landon Donovan would be of great help right about now.

    • Shawn says:

      although i hate donavon being brought up. I admit he shouldve been in instead of Davis for sure

    • UclaBruinGreat says:

      Can we fly Donovan to the stadium immediately and have him parachute into the stadium?

    • Sean says:

      Don’t be sorry. Donovan has meant more to US soccer than Klinsmann ever will.

  50. UclaBruinGreat says:

    So much for our vaunted fitness program. Geez does the team not warm-up and stretch their hammies before the game?

  51. Dave says:

    Get Beckerman in the game!!

  52. Ah says:

    Nerv city.

  53. hudson says:

    Zusi can’t hold the ball at this level. The midfield turnovers are appalling. If the game keeps going this way, the U.S. can’t win. Someone has to find composure on the ball in the final third to make a dangerous pass.

  54. JayAre says:

    What is Twellman say? We are trying to win and he wants us to bring in a defensive player???

  55. ED says:

    You’re getting owned Bradley . Step up buddy !

  56. Francois says:

    Clint doesn’t look good. We need Jozy, but apparently he’s not ready. Damn, he is so important, not having Fabian is hurting us too.

  57. cformusic says:

    Belgium dominating this 2nd half so far

  58. Paul Terry says:

    Are we starting to bunker down again?

    • Citronomics says:

      Yeah – zero high pressure, unlike the 1h, when Belgium has the ball in their defensive half.

  59. cformusic says:

    Get Zusi outta there!

  60. Ah says:

    We need a water break.

  61. ED says:

    You SHOOT that Bradley !!
    Is Zusi Drunk ?????

  62. hudson says:

    Zusi needs to be substituted promptly. Bring in Mix or Johannssen.

  63. Don the Jewler says:

    Jones looks done

  64. Gordoninho says:

    I believe that we will win!

  65. cformusic says:

    Jones is gassed! But down to 2 subs it’s gonna be tough to get him subbed

  66. Mr_A says:

    Wondo, Wondo, he’s our man! If he can’t do it, we’re in trouble…

  67. Xander Crews says:

    Really wish that sub was taking that worthless POS Bradley out of there. I’m sick of watching him jog, not close down players, give the ball away (unless he’s passing it back to our center backs) and generally not do a damn thing productive.

  68. cformusic says:

    Wondo! We need some of that goonie magic!

  69. cformusic says:

    Make that pass Dempsey!

  70. Francois says:

    I like this sub from JK. Wondo can hold the ball and let Clint play off of him. Tim is playing HUGE!

  71. Citronomics says:

    Timmy is ballin’. No matter the outcome of this one, top class performance.

  72. Silversurfer says:

    So…to beat the dead horse, LD wasn’t better than Zusi, Diskerud, Green, or Davis?

  73. Francois says:

    And Omar lands on Kompany’s ankle. Talk about bad luck for us.

  74. espada says:


  75. Sean says:

    US could still win this.

  76. Citronomics says:

    Not a good pass (though right idea) from JJ on that counter but DY’s pace forces Belgium to play the errant/ambitious ball out. Impressed with Yedlin’s play.

  77. Francois says:

    Yedlin has been outstanding coming in cold for Fabian. He has been extremely dangerous getting forward, and has kept Hazard handcuffed. LOVE IT.

  78. cformusic says:

    Yedlin to Europe?

  79. JayAre says:

    Parkhurst maybe a better CB but Yedlin is a better RB

  80. JayAre says:

    I feel like this is a Mix Diskerud type game.

  81. Brent McD. says:

    We are the new Greece. Or Italy. American catenaccio!

  82. Paul Terry says:

    Beasley’s experience is priceless!

  83. Silversurfer says:

    This reminds me of one of those ridiculous youth soccer tournaments in 100 degree heat when you’re almost hoping to lose because there is nothing in the tank. Even if you win, the national champs are waiting in the next round.

  84. JayAre says:

    Wow where has this Omar Gonzales been????

  85. cformusic says:

    Wondo had a Wondo!

  86. Paul Terry says:

    Bring back Landon!

  87. Francois says:

    I can’t believe it……he was onsides, and they got the call wrong.

  88. Shawn says:

    i swear to god if he made that and he called offsides!!!

  89. Paul Terry says:

    This team looks depleted. Those three grueling group games are starting to show.

  90. Francois says:

    WOW. Wondo could have won it for us, and they got the call wrong anyways.

  91. Ah says:

    What a chance to snatch it with Wondo. He botched it bad.

  92. Chad says:

    Zusi, horrible. Wondo…damn you.

  93. Francois says:

    We need a sub. I don’t know who for, either Bedoya or JJ, but we look so exhausted after the horribly depleting group games. Couple that with injuries, and you get our team looking drained.

  94. Uncle Sam says:

    Wondo is terrible!!!! This is exactly what Wondo does against real competition!!!!!
    Terrible moves by Klinsi bringing him and worst mistake playing him!!!!!!!
    You can’t tell me Landon would have missed that!!!

  95. Paul Terry says:

    I’d bring in the fastest runner in our team… Mr. Green.

  96. cformusic says:

    Don’t look now but Bradley and jones have swapped positions

  97. hudson says:

    U.S. looks utterly exhausted.

  98. JayAre says:

    It’s time for all out attack you have nothing to lose

  99. Zdub says:

    Another goal started by a Michael Bradley turnover.

    Than a terrible free kick.

    • cformusic says:

      C’mon that’s a low blow. That was on Besler

      • Zdub says:

        Besler made the worst play but it is uncanny how many goals are scored off of Bradley turnovers. Isn’t it the last three goals scored against us. Again, I’m not saying that Bradley made a terrible mistake and cost us the game. Its just a weird stat.

  100. JayAre says:

    Bring in Jozy what I’m saving him for

  101. Silversurfer says:

    We have no subs to put on? Flipping Klinnsman.

  102. hudson says:

    I’d like to see the U.S. keep it on the floor more because they’re too hired to hit accurate passes in the air. Everything is going long.

  103. JayAre says:

    May the spirit of Algeria and Slovenia 2010 we awaken in this team.

  104. cformusic says:

    Time for AJ or Diskerud!

  105. Jack says:

    Might as well put in Green now

  106. Paul Terry says:

    Bring Guzan in and put him next to Howard, cause this ain’t stopping.

  107. Ray tango says:

    I thought Wondo was a poacher?

  108. IdiotPatrol says:

    Sorry, that was supposed to read…. Julian Green now, Klinsmann?

  109. toni says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha lmao shame on you guys USMT sucks.mboaaaaaa siafo

  110. Shawn says:

    oh well

  111. Ray tango says:

    Apparently Wondo hasn’t seen Forest Gump where the simple rule of “keep your eye on the ball was taught”

    A nutless monkey could have knocked that in.

  112. Silversurfer says:

    Klinnsman will not be seeing his contract through. Seems like he quit on us.

  113. Shawn says:


  114. Silversurfer says:

    Maybe I was completely wrong

  115. Luke says:


  116. JayAre says:

    Dear god we have life Julian green thank you

  117. Francois says:

    People still complaining about the Julian Green selection?

  118. Luke says:

    Cameron is limping bad.

  119. Luke says:

    WTF! 1 minute with all that time wasting!

  120. cformusic says:

    Wow proud of these guys. They came out to play today!

  121. Shawn says:

    Meh we still have copa america 2016

    • Tim H. says:

      Next summer, we have the Gold Cup. Win and we qualify for the Confederations Cup. Plus, we can rub it in Mexico’s faces.

      • El Comandante says:

        Don’t you love it? We always revert to the Gold Cup when everything else fails.

        • Gordoninho says:

          I’m not sure anything can from this Wolrd Cup can be labeled a failure, much less “all-else”. Soccer in the USA is stepping on the accelerator and every cycle more nations are disappearing in our rear-view mirror.

  122. Paul Terry says:

    This is the end my friend, the end.

    Well, at least Green has been cap tied. Now, to win more Gold Cups.

    • Michael Stypulkoski says:

      Green didn’t need to be cap tied, he filed a one-time switch.

    • Paul says:

      I think you are missing the Supa Copa America 2016. THAT SHOULD MASSIVE! We need to solve the problem of a lack of a creative midfielder. We need 2 or 3 of them. I was not on the LD bandwagon, but I Wondo has got to feel like crap. He could have won it (I think LD – who he replaced – would have put it away) and Green put away a much more difficult shot. I would have brought LD & EJ instead of Wondo and Davis. However, the better team won.

  123. toni says:

    Hehehehehehe you guys will never qualify from the round of 16 for a very long time kwasiafor

  124. Gordoninho says:

    Green and Yedlin are going to give opponents nightmares for the next decade or more.

    • Don the Jewler says:

      Brooks another young gun to look forward to

      • Gordoninho says:

        Very true. I would love to see Gonzo, Besler and Brooks as the rotation of CBs with Green, Yedlin, Johnson and Chandler marauding down the flanks. Altidore up top. Cameron and Bradley in front of the CBs. Who replaces Dempsey playing under Altidore?

        • KingGoogleyEye says:

          Johannsson or Mix.

          The US is in good shape going forward.

          • Gordoninho says:

            Good call on ArJo or Mix. The future is bright for the USMNT. Can’t wait for next year’s Gold Cup ad the Copa America coming to the States.

  125. JayAre says:

    F$%k this moral victory sh!t I’m pissed. No Goalie should ever have to make 15 saves

    • pk-tackle says:

      Right? Why must we start attacking after we are down a goal?

    • Jack says:

      We never had a back up plan for Jozy going down, probably should of brought Boyd, that’s certainly on Klinsmann

  126. El Comandante says:

    Well, Costa Rica now is the best team in CONCACAF, They are unbeaten and watch out Holland.

  127. Mr_A says:

    A painful 75′ minutes, followed by some good soccer. Amazing free-kick play, followed by a missed Dempsey shot. And somehow it’s all LD’s fault. Sigh… why do they wait so long to play. Except for Howard, of course.

  128. KingGoogleyEye says:

    So who earned MOTM: Tim Howard’s legs, his arms, or his beard?

  129. cformusic says:

    There’s talk on the internets that the Wondo shank wasn’t called for offside, but the BBC and ESPN coverage missed the call

  130. pk-tackle says:

    Wow one minute, what a joke.

    I just don’t get why we make an effort to attack a huge priority all of a sudden when we’re down a goal or two.

    That should have been done since the start of the game.

    • Gordoninho says:

      I don’t share your opinion. A wide-open game favors the more skilled side and we aren’t more skilled than most World Cup opponents.

    • Landy Cakes says:

      I don’t understand either. We need to attack earlier. All game. We should have just let them score in the first 5 minutes the way we did with Portugal, we would have played a lot better.

  131. El Comandante says:

    The USMNT played hard, but they never got into any type of rhythm during this WC due to Klismann’s dismal tactics and the so many injuries the over training brought them.

    • Casey says:


      • Landy Cakes says:

        I do agree Klinsman sold himself as being positive and in every game except the 30 second goal against Ghana we had to be behind in order to attack. I don’t understand why that is. I don’t understand why we can’t go forward and take chances and attack, except that its fundamentally fear, that WE don’t really believe we can win.

        • Casey says:


          • Landy Cakes says:

            Would call the game positive? Would call the Germany game positive? The Ghana game? The only game where we were on the front foot was Portugal and that was because they scored in the first 5 minutes.

            • Casey says:

              Lol this is such dumb reasoning. Sorry you didn’t get picked for the 23 but stop trolling.

              • Landy Cakes says:

                No I’m serious. We need to be able to “impose ourselves” on our opposition. We failed to do that. Belgium’s potential weakness was it defenders and we needed to find a way to get at them. We failed to do that.

    • Paul Terry says:

      Agree with you.

    • Gordoninho says:

      Did Michael Bradley’s turnovers have anything to do with it? Probably not, right? Would you feel differently if Donovan was in the 23? Probably not, right?

  132. Roy9 says:

    We played conservative. Our defense was slow. Green and Yedlin were terrific. We could have won it, but didn’t.

  133. El Comandante says:

    The only thing that Klinsmann did not lie about leading up and during this WC is that the USMNT was not going to win the WC in his life span. All lies and tactical misfeasance from Landon’s cut to Jozy being ready.

    • Jack says:

      Did Landon get us any further 4 years ago?

      • El Comandante says:

        We were supposed to progress by this WC with Juerguen Klinsmann. We got Belgium, better than us but a very beatable team, and he blew it. Klisnmann was supposed to take us to the next level and he failed.

        • Landy Cakes says:

          We did progress. The team we sent last time barely tied England and Slovenia. The 2010 team drastically under performed.

          • Gordoninho says:

            On the other hand, the Yanks won the group in 2010 for the first time in history.

            • KingGoogleyEye says:

              And on the other hand (I’m talking Tim Howard here, who obviously has three hands), in 2010 we faced Algeria, Slovenia, and England.

              Any of the teams we faced this year would have won the group in 2010.

              • Gordoninho says:

                E-A-S-Y… That was a 2010 headline in the UK after the groups were drawn.
                I agree that we have progressed, but I had to chime in for my man Bob Bradley (who also led us to the first final of a major international tournament).
                Good call on Timmy’s third hand, lol.

              • KingGoogleyEye says:

                Props to BB for sure. He did great for the USMNT.

    • Gordoninho says:

      Klinsmann is dead?

    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      Nice use of the word “misfeasance.” Other than that, all wrong.

  134. Luke says:

    Hahaha! Howard in the post game interview wearing Lukaku’s jersey inside out.

  135. El Comandante says:

    Now we are starting to catch up to Mexico in most round of 16 exits from the World Cup. We got two in a row.

    • Luke says:

      Dude! Go crawl back under your rock. You can jump back on the bandwagon in 4 year!

    • Bee says:

      LOL !!! You’re a clown pretending to be a U.S. fan.

      • El Comandante says:

        That was a joke to lighten up the spirits. I am a USMNT fan just like KingGoogleyEye, although unlike him, I do know what I am talking about.

  136. KingGoogleyEye says:

    Lots of people asking why the US can’t play aggressive, attacking soccer until we go down a goal. Here’s the answer: because it’s not entirely up to us. Our opponent scores a goal and then lets up on the gas, giving us an opportunity to push forward more. It looks like we suddenly “decide” to actually play, but it’s more that our opponents let it happen.

    That’s the hurdle we have to overcome as a team: becoming good enough that we can break free before our opponent lets up.

    • Jack says:

      I thought the match was pretty back and forth for the most part and the commentary on the BBC even said as much

      • KingGoogleyEye says:

        Tally “shots on goal” over time. Belgium dominated until they went up a goal. All other stats—e.g., possession—are close to meaningless in comparison.

        • Cylo says:

          KingGoogleyEye you make some good points but I never felt Belgium dominated this game. There final 3rd was more of a mess then ours. LOL until Lakaku came in and he made a big difference for them. I thought US played a really good game its just our final 3rd was not there at all. Wondo should have scored at the end of the game which would have taken Belgium out.

  137. owenp says:

    Theres been a couple of comments above about us waiting to attack until were down. I think thats way off base we were attacking albeit not well when we were caught for the goal. The problem to me is we seem to play with fear from the start of every game u can see it when we have the ball we hesitate and instead of making forward runs with the ball to draw defenders we often telegraph sideways passes or play into trouble just to get rid of it. This is why for the last ten years weve been a team more dangerous when were down a goal more often than not the fear has then been lifted being down a goal all of a sudden players like bradley and cameron were taking on their marks sucking defenders towards them or playing aggressive diagonal balls to the flanks. Still proud we didnt deserve the win but u cant look down at these guys for lack of effort or heart great job boys

    • Cylo says:

      Yeah agree. I never felt we held back in this game. We were going for it the whole game. The problem with our final 3rd depends on guys like Dempsey, Bradley, Jones, Zusi and Bedoya. We gotta get better attackers then that group.

  138. Brian says:

    Still confused as to why asking “wingers ” Bedoya and zusi to tuck in to allow fullbacks to bomb on why not use Mix
    Zusi and Bedoya poor tonight

  139. Paul Terry says:

    Bottom line is, we did not make any progress even with Klinsmann. Btw, you know what Costa Ricans are saying? Theirs was the Group of Death.

    • Casey says:

      That’s fine if they think that but Uruguay just weren’t the same as 2010 and it showed against Colombia.

      Haha how haven’t we made any progress?

      • Cylo says:

        Paul that BS. Italy an older team too. Its a good group but every expert and I’m talking about non Americans are saying our group was the group of death. And if you don’t think we made any progress then you need to watch the 2010 team again. That team gave up an early goal in every game. We had quicker fullbacks. Good DM’s in Beckerman and Cameron. Jones had an amazing WC. Who had an amazing WC in 2010 from midfield? People forget how quiet Landon was for the most of all of those games. Besler better then any CB we had back in 2010. We didn’t have Yedlin or Johnson. That 2010 team was just not that good.

      • Paul says:

        Without Suarez, Uruguay’s attack lacked bite! (A joke that I am sure has been made many times and will be made many times more, all in poor taste.)

  140. Brad says:

    Thank you Beasley,Howatd, Jones and the rest of the team for a great run. Still missed Donovan, but that is now spilt milk. Beasley 4 world cups, thank you.

    • Cylo says:

      Brad you do know Landon has to come off the bench for the Galaxy lately? His not in FORM!! Holy crap can we move on from Landon. You people act like he was Michael Jordan out there.

  141. Cylo says:

    In 2014 we gotta get better wingers. Better forward. Move Bradley back to DM. Bradley is a good player but his not an AM. He didn’t have a good 2010 WC either. So I think we overrate BRadley as this champions league midfielder. He’s not that but his still a very good MF but he needs to be at DM. We gotta move from Dempsey. Give him one more year maybe but he looked very averaged out there. We just need quicker and younger legs at the forwards and wings for that next step. We gotta land that Arsenal kid. Find a way to bring Fagundez on US. But I’m really happy where we’re at. We got better since 2010.

  142. Cylo says:

    You guys gotta listen to the MLS podcast over there. They make every excuse for the poor play of their guys from a fitness point of the US training.

    Btw Wondo really blew out there. I never wanna see him out there again. He blew that last shot.