USA survived the group of death and will advance to play Belgium at 4pm this coming Tuesday, July 1!
Belgium was at the top of group H with 2 wins and will prove to be a very tough opponent. In a match this past May, the Belgians looked confident in a 4-2 win over the Americans. However, the Belgians perhaps have lost some of this confidence as they backed out of a friendly game that was scheduled to take place on June 12 in San Paolo. While citing logistical concerns, the Belgians likely foresaw the likelihood of playing the USA and figured they had more to lose than gain by giving the Americans an opportunity to size them up.
There will be no backing out this Tuesday and, after emerging from the World Cup’s group of death, the battle-tested team USA will be not be offering another friendly game.