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U.S. MNT Squares off Against Belgium in Round of 16 Match at FIFA World Cup


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Belgium
2014 FIFA World Cup – Round of 16
Arena Fonte Nova– Salvador, Brazil
July 1, 2014

U.S. MNT FACES BELGIUM IN ROUND OF 16: The U.S. advanced to the Round of 16 in consecutive FIFA World Cups for the first time in its history and will play Belgium on Tuesday, July 1, at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, for a spot in the quarterfinals. The game will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision and ESPN Radio. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer. The U.S. finished in second place in Group G with four points and ahead of Portugal in goal differential by three goals. Germany won Group G with seven points. Belgium took first place in Group H with nine points, beating Algeria (which advanced to the Round of 16 but fell 2-1 to Germany on Monday), Russia and Korea to sweep the group.

After a dramatic 2-1 victory against Ghana and a roller coaster 2-2 draw with Portugal to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the USA finished Group G play with a 1-0 loss to Germany, tying Portugal with four points in the group. The U.S. advanced, holding a goal differential of zero to Portugal’s minus-3 goal differential. In the final game of group stage, Germany broke through with a goal in the 55th minute by Thomas Muller after a scoreless first half. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard stopped a header by Per Mertesacker and the rebound trickled to the top of the box to Muller, whose shot inside the right post was just beyond the reach reach of a diving Howard. The U.S. would threaten but failed to score, as the 1-0 Germany lead would stand for the final count.

Jozy Altidore, who left the USA’s opening game against Ghana with a hamstring injury, has been in training with the U.S. and has been deemed available for the Belgium match. Jermaine Jones collided with Alejandro Bedoya during the game against Germany and both are cleared to play. Clint Dempsey (nose) and defender Matt Besler (hamstring) have recovered from their respective injuries and will be available for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.


U.S. Men’s National Team By Position –
Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

--

Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

0-1 L

--

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

July 1

Belgium **

TBD

ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision

Arena Fonte Nova– Salvador, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

TBD

TBD

Prague, Czech Republic

** 2014 FIFA World Cup


2014 FIFA WORLD CUP – GROUP G (FINAL)

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

1

2

0

1

7

2

+5

7

USA

1

1

1

1

4

4

 0

4

Portugal

1

1

1

1

4

7

-3

4

Ghana

1

0

2

1

4

6

-2

1

Monday, June 16
Germany 4, Portugal 1; Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador
USA 2, Ghana 1; Arena das Dunas; Natal

Saturday, June 21
Germany 2, Ghana 2; Estadio Castelao; Fortaleza

Sunday, June 22
USA 2, Portugal 2; Arena Amazonia; Manaus

Thursday, June 26
USA 0, Germany 1; Arena Pernambuco; Recife
Portugal 2, Ghana 1; Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha; Brasilia

For full standings and results, visit ussoccer.com’s 2014 FIFA World Cup homepage.


USA VS. BELGIUM:

  • The U.S. had scored two goals in each of its past six matches before being shut out against Germany, and has now scored two goals in seven of its nine games in 2014. The MNT is 5-2-2 during this year. The other loss came against Ukraine on March 5 (a 2-0 defeat in Cyprus) and the draws came against Mexico (2-2 tie on April 2 in Glendale, Arizona) and Portugal (2-2 on June 22 in Manaus, Brazil).
  • The U.S. enters Tuesday’s game having gone unbeaten in six of its past seven games, with the draw against Mexico, followed by four straight wins against Azerbaijan, Turkey, Nigeria and then Ghana in the USA’s World Cup opener before the draw against Portugal and loss to Germany.
  • This is the USA’s seventh consecutive appearance in the FIFA World Cup and 10th appearance overall.
  • The U.S. lost 4-2 to Belgium in the last meeting between the two teams, a friendly on May 29, 2013, in Cleveland. That game marked DaMarcus Beasley’s 100th cap with the U.S. MNT. Geoff Cameron also scored his first international goal and Clint Dempsey added a late penalty kick as the U.S. gave up three second-half goals to Belgium.
  • Eleven of Belgium’s players on the current World Cup roster appeared in the 2013 victory against the U.S., including 10 of the 11 starters.
  • Of the 11 Belgium holdovers from the 2013 victory against the U.S., 10 have started at least one game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • The U.S. also has 11 players on its roster who appeared in the 2013 loss to Belgium, eight of which started that game. Ten of those 11 have started in this year’s World Cup for the U.S.
  • The U.S. is 1-4-0 all-time against Begium,
  • The only U.S. victory over Belgium came in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay, during the opening game for each team of the first FIFA World Cup, which was also the first meeting between the two sides. The U.S. won 3-0, on its way to a top-four finish with a 3-0 win against Paraguay and a 6-1 loss to Argentina in the semifinals.
  • The U.S. was shut out in three straight meetings with Belgium, all friendlies taking place in Brussels, Belgium. The USA lost 1-0 on April 22, 1995; fell 2-0 on Feb. 25, 1998; and lost 1-0 on Sept. 6, 2011.


DISCIPLINARY NOTES:

  • Belgium: Jan Vertonghen picked up a caution on June 17 against Algeria, and both Toby Alderweireld and Axel Witsel were issued yellow cards in the June 22 match against Russia. Mousa Dembele received a caution on June 26, while Steven Defour was shown a red card and will be unavailable for the match against the U.S.
  • USA: No infractions in June 16 match; Jermaine Jones (caution on June 22; another caution during group stage through quarterfinals would result in one-game suspension). Midfielder Kyle Beckerman and defender Omar Gonzalez were cautioned against Germany on June 26.
  • For players who have only one caution through the conclusion of the quarterfinal stage, that yellow card clears from his record heading into the semifinals.


U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Both Brad Davis and Omar Gonzalez started for the U.S. against Germany. It marked their first World Cup starts and it was Davis’ World Cup debut.
  • After scoring against Ghana and Portugal, Clint Dempsey’s four goals overall in FIFA World Cup play lead the current squad, as he has scored in each of the three World Cup Finals in which he has played. He scored in the MNT’s first group stage match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against England to earn a 1-1 draw, and he tallied the USA’s lone goal in the 2-1 loss to Ghana on June 22, 2006, in the last match of the group stage.
  • John Brooks’ game-winning goal against Ghana was the first international goal of his career and came in just his fifth cap with the U.S. MNT. It was his first cap in a FIFA World Cup.
  • Brooks, who has citizenship in both the U.S. and Germany, is now cap-tied to the United States with his appearance in an official FIFA competition.
  • Jermaine Jones’ assist on Dempsey’s goal against Ghana was the sixth of his career with the U.S. MNT and first of 2014.
  • Jones then scored his first World Cup goal with a fine solo effort against Portugal; it was third goal overall for the U.S. MNT.
  • Graham Zusi’s assist on Brooks’ 86th-minute goal was his second of the year and fifth of his career with the U.S. It came in Zusi’s first World Cup cap.
  • Zusi added his second World Cup assist the very next game against Portugal on June 22, setting up Dempsey.
  • Along with Dempsey and Brooks, midfielder Michael Bradley is the only other player on the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup roster to score in a World Cup match. He scored an 82nd-minute equalizer against Slovenia that helped bring the U.S. back from a 2-0 halftime deficit and force a 2-2 draw on June 18, 2010, in the USA’s second group stage match.
  • With the victory against Ghana, Tim Howard earned his second victory in a FIFA World Cup. His other victory was the USA’s 1-0 win against Algeria on June 23 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • The USA roster features five players who played in a previous FIFA World Cup: DaMarcus Beasley (2002, 2006, 2010), Dempsey (2006, 2010), Howard (2010), Jozy Altidore (2010) and Bradley (2010).
  • Altidore’s two goals in the U.S. MNT’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria on June 7 were his first two of 2014 for club or country. He now has 23 career international goals. 
  • Fabian Johnson’s assist on Altidore’s first goal against Nigeria was his first of the year after leading the U.S. with three assists during World Cup qualifying.
  • Johnson recorded his first international goal in his 21st appearance during the first half of the USA’s 2-1 win against Turkey on June 1 during the Send-Off Series.
  • During this qualifying cycle for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Dempsey led the team with 14 appearances in the USA’s 16 games while posting a team-high eight goals.
  • Howard was 9-3-1 during the qualification process for this year’s World Cup, posting five clean sheets.
  • Chris Wondolowski is tied with Dempsey on three goals to lead the U.S. MNT in 2014.
  • Bradley and Zusi lead the U.S. with three assists each in 2014.
  • The U.S. roster features 10 players who represent Major League Soccer sides, including three sets of club teammates: Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman at Real Salt Lake; Matt Besler and Zusi at Sporting Kansas City; and Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin at Seattle Sounders FC.
  • Besler took home 2012 MLS Defender of the Year honors, a year after LA Galaxy defender Gonzalez earned the same award.
  • Altidore scored eight goals for the USA in 2013 and set a U.S. MNT record by scoring in five straight games as he earned 2013 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year honors.
  • Julian Green earned his first U.S. cap on April 2 against Mexico as a second-half sub. Born in Tampa, Florida, Green is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany. The 18-year-old played for Germany in qualifying for the UEFA U-19 championship, which required that he complete a one-time change of association that allows him to play for the U.S. National Team.

 

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard increased his MNT record with win No. 55 of his career during the team’s 2-1 victory against Ghana on June 16. The record was previously held by Kasey Keller (53). Howard is now 55-28-16 all-time.
  • Howard set another goalkeeping record with his 100th start during the Ghana match, breaking the record set by Keller (99).
  • Howard now has 103 caps, passing Keller (102) for most all-time by a U.S. MNT goalkeeper.
  • Howard is currently second in career shutouts with 35, trailing Keller’s record of 47. Howard passed Tony Meola for second when he notched his 33rd clean sheet on Oct. 11, 2013, a 2-0 victory against Jamaica to lead the USA to the top of its third straight Hexagonal.
  • Clint Dempsey’s goal during the June 16 match against Ghana was officially marked at 30 seconds, standing as the fastest U.S. goal and fifth-fastest overall in FIFA World Cup history.
  • Dempsey has now scored in all three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) in which he has appeared, becoming the only American to accomplish this feat.
  • With his fourth World Cup goal, Dempsey has tied for fourth on the USA list with Bert Patenaude, trailing only Landon Donovan (5). Two of his four World Cup goals have come against Ghana.
  • Dempsey became just the third MNT player to score at least one goal in 10 consecutive years after tallying the game-winner against Turkey on June 1. The only other two players to record a goal in that many consecutive years are Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda with 11 years each.
  • Dempsey has 39 goals for his career, second all-time behind Donovan’s record 57 goals.
  • Dempsey passed Wynalda (1990-2000) for ninth place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time caps list by earning his 107th against Portugal.
  • Defender DaMarcus Beasley, who joined Claudio Reyna and Keller as the USA’s only four-time FIFA World Cup members, became the first U.S. player to make an appearance in four World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014). Keller (1990, 1998, 2002, 2006) did not play in two tournaments as the back-up to Meola in 1990 and Brad Friedel in 2002, and Reyna (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) did not play in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
  • Beasley is now tied for fourth among U.S. MNT players with 10 World Cup caps, matching Brian McBride and Reyna. Beasley’s next World Cup appearance would tie for second with Cobi Jones and Earnie Stewart, who played in 11 World Cup games each.
  • Beasley and Dempsey are tied for eighth place in assists with 13 and are one behind Joe-Max Moore and Tab Ramos who are tied for sixth with 14 assists in their National Soccer Hall of Fame careers.
  • Beasley’s 17 goals put him in a tie for ninth place all-time with Stewart.
  • With his 89th cap against Germany, midfielder Michael Bradley sits in 19th place all-time in appearances, one behind former midfielder John Harkes.
  • Bradley earned the 10th assist of his career on June 7 against Nigeria to tie for 12th-all-time in U.S. MNT history with Steve Cherundolo, Chris Henderson, McBride and Stewart.
  • Chris Wondolowski, who is the USA’s joint-leading goal scorer with three goals in 2014, has nine for his career and is tied for 21st all-time with Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff. With his next goal, Wondolowski would tie Eddie Lewis’ mark of 10 goals from 1996-2008.
  • Jozy Altidore’s 23 goals during his international career rank sixth all-time for the U.S. MNT. He had previously been tied with Bruce Murray (21 goals from 1985-93). Altidore is one goal behind fifth-place Moore (24 goals from 1992-2002).
  • The USA is coming off a record-setting 2013 campaign, posting the most victories (16) and best winning percentage (.761) in team history.
  • The U.S. MNT saw its record 13-game home winning streak come to a close with the 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The 13-0-0 mark started with a 4-3 win against Germany on June 2, 2013, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., and stretched through the USA’s 2-0 victory against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
  • U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (32-12-9) passed Bora Milutinovic (30 wins) for third on the all-time wins list during the USA’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).


USA IN BRAZIL:

  • The U.S. MNT is now 2-5-1 all-time in Brazil following the June 26 loss to Germany. The USA’s two victories came in a 1-0 win against England in Belo Horizante on June 29, 1950, during the 1950 FIFA World Cup and the 2-1 win against Ghana on June 16 to open the 2014 World Cup.
  • Before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the last time the U.S. played in Brazil was for an international friendly on Feb. 6, 1992, a 3-0 loss to Brazil in Fortaleza.
  • The MNT’s first trip to Brazil was on Aug. 17, 1930, when the U.S. played Brazil in Rio de Janeiro and lost 4-3.
  • The U.S. now has a 6-16-3 all-time record in games played in South America. Before the 2014 FIFA Cup, the U.S. last visited the continent in 2007 for the CONMEBOL Copa America in Venezuela, losing to Argentina, Paraguay and Columbia.


SHOOTOUT SITUATIONS:
With the knockout round stage upon the U.S. MNT at the FIFA World Cup, the possibility exists that any upcoming USA game could reach a penalty kick shootout. The USA is 4-3 all-time in games decided by penalty kicks:

  • Feb. 4, 1990: vs. Colombia, 1-1 (8-9 pk)
  • July 7, 1991: vs. Honduras, 0-0 (4-3 pk)
  • Feb. 10, 1994: vs. Denmark, 0-0 (2-4 pk)
  • July 17, 1995: vs. Mexico, 0-0 (4-1 pk)
  • Feb. 19, 2000: vs. Colombia, 2-2 (1-2 pk)
  • Jan. 30, 2002: vs. Canada, 0-0 (4-2 pk)
  • July 24, 2005: vs. Panama, 0-0 (3-1 pk)


BY THE NUMBERS:
3: Goals by Chris Wondolowski and Clint Dempsey to lead the USA in 2014
5: U.S. MNT Players with previous FIFA World Cup appearances (Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Dempsey and Tim Howard)
11: Belgium’s FIFA Ranking
13: USA’s FIFA ranking
16: Victories during USA’s record-setting 2013 campaign
30: Seconds needed for Dempsey to score USA’s first goal against Ghana
32: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
55: Career wins for Tim Howard, a U.S. MNT goalkeeping record


2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BREAKDOWN:
The U.S. Men’s National Team is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USA opened Group G play with a 2-1 win against Ghana on June 16 in Natal, followed by a 2-2 draw against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus and then a 1-0 loss to Germany on June 26 in Recife to conclude the group stage. For the full group standings and schedule from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, visit ussoccer.com.

Round of 16 Matchups and Results:
June 28

  • Brazil 1, Chile 1 (Brazil wins 3-2 in PKs)
  • Colombia 2, Uruguay 0

June 29

  • Netherlands 2, Mexico 1
  • Costa Rica 1, Greece 1 (Costa Rica wins 5-3 in PKs)

June 30

  • France 2, Nigeria 0
  • Germany 2, Algeria 1 (OT)

July 1

  • Argentina vs. Switzerland
  • Belgium vs. USA 

Quarterfinal Matchups
July 4

  • Brazil vs. Colombia
  • France vs. Germany

July 5

  • Netherlands vs. Costa Rica
  • Argentina/Switzerland winner vs. Belgium/USA winner

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE:
Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 32-12-9 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (32), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2013, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its last 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-1-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.


IN FOCUS: BELGIUM
Royal Belgian Football Association
Founded: 1895
Head Coach: Marc Wilmots
FIFA World Ranking: 11
Previous FIFA World Cup Appearances: 11 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002)
Best World Cup Finish: 1986 (4th)


BELGIUM ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sammy Bossut (SV Zulte Waregem), Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
DEFENDERS (8): Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City),  Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Nacer Chadli (Tottenham), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), Steven Defour (Porto), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Alex Witsel (Zenit Saint Petersburg)
FORWARDS (4): Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Divock Origi (Lille)


BELGIUM ROSTER NOTES:

  • The 2014 FIFA World Cup marks the first World Cup for Belgium since 2002 in Japan and South Korea.
  • Belgium has been ousted in the Round of 16 in three of its past four World Cup appearances in 1990, 1994 and 2002. Belgium failed to advance past the Group Stage in 1998.
  • The best showing in the World Cup for Belgium came in 1986 when it finished in fourth place, losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Argentina 2-0 and dropping the third-place game to France 4-2. Belgium beat the Soviet Union 4-3 in extra time in the Round of 16 and took down Spain in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.
  • Belgium is currently No. 11 in the FIFA World Rankings.
  • Belgium was one of four teams to get nine points in the group stage, joining Argentina, Colombia and the Netherlands.
  • Belgium is unbeaten in its past seven matches, a stretch that goes back to November of 2013. Belgium’s last loss came at the hands of Japan, losing 3-2 on Nov. 19 in an international friendly. Belgium is 6-0-1 over that span with wins against Sweden, Tunisia and Luxembourg in addition to the three World Cup Group H victories.
  • Daniel Van Buyten is the only Belgian on the current roster to have appeared in a World Cup, playing in the 2002 tournament, the last time Belgium qualified for the World Cup. He helped lead Belgium to the Round of 16 before losing 2-0 to eventual champion Brazil.
  • Van Buyten leads the current roster with 82 caps and 10 goals with the National Team. Vincent Kompany is second in appearances with 61 and Marouane Fellaini is second in goals with nine.
  • Kompany serves as team captain and Thomas Vermaelen carries the title of vice-captian. Kompany has four goals to go with his 61 caps and Vermaelen has 48 caps and one goal.
  • Belgium’s roster features players from 17 different clubs in eight countries, with 12 players in the English Premier League. EPL clubs Chelsea and Tottenham each have three Belgium players. The remaining players compete in Belgium (3), Germany (2), Russia (2), and one each in Spain, Italy, France and Portugal.  
  • Belgium went undefeated and only gave up on goal in Group H, beating Algeria 2-1, Russia 1-0 and South Korea 1-0.
  • Four different players scored for Belgium in the group stage, with Fellaini, Jan Vertonghen, Divock Origi and Dries Mertens each tallying one goal.


LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
June 26, 2014 – Arena Pernambuco – Recife, Brazil – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group G 

USA                0         
GER               1          Thomas Muller          55th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 15-Kyle Beckerman, 13-Jermaine Jones; 14-Brad Davis (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 59), 4- Michael Bradley, 19- Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 84) 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 10-Mix Diskerud, 12-Brad Guzan, 16-Julian Green, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Timmy Chandler, 22-Nick Rimando, 23-Aron Johannsson
Not Available: 17-Jozy Altidore
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GER: 1-Manuel Neuer; 4-Benedikt Howedes, 5-Mats Hummels, 17-Per Mertesacker, 20-Jerome Boateng; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (19-Mario Gotze,76), 16-Phillip Lahm, 18-Toni Kroos; 8-Mesut Ozil (9-Andre Schurrle, 89), 10-Lukas Podolski (11-Miroslav Klose, 46), 13-Thomas Muller
Subs Not Used: 2-Kevin Grosskreutz, 3-Matthias Ginter, 6-Sami Khedira, 12-Ron-Robert Zieler, 14-Julian Draxler, 15-Erik Durm, 21-Shkodran Mustafi, 22-Roman Weidenfeller, 23-Christoph Kramer
Head Coach: Joachim Low

On the field against Belgium:
May 29, 2013 – FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio – International Friendly

USA                2          Geoff Cameron 22, Clint Dempsey 80
BEL                4          Kevin Mirallas 6; Christian Benteke 56, 71; Marouane Fellaini 64 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 46); 20-Geoff Cameron, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 21-Clarence Goodson (5-Matt Besler, 69), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 13-Jermaine Jones, 16-Sacha Kljestan (11-Stuart Holden, 81), 19-Graham Zusi (6-Brad Evans, 69), 24-Brad Davis (25-Terrence Boyd, 63); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Eddie Johnson, 46)
Subs Not Used: 9-Herculez Gomez, 15-Michael Parkhurst
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BEL: 1-Simon Mignolet; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 3-Thomas Vermaelen (15-Sebastien Pocognoli, 36), 4-Vincent Kompany (capt.) (16-Guillame Gillet, 72), 5-Jan Vertonghen; 6-Marouane Fellaini, 7-Kevin Mirallas, 8-Steven Defour (22-Timmy Simons, 76), 9-Romelu Lukaku (23-Thorgan Hazard, 83); 11-Kevin De Bruyne (14-Dries Mertens, 68), 18-Moussa Dembele (20-Christian Benteke, 41)
Subs Not Used: 12-Jean-Francois Gillet, 13-Laurent Ciman, 17-Maxime Lestienne, 19-Jelle Vossen, 21-Thomas Kaminski
Head Coach: Marc Wilmots


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