American soccer fans in the throes of 2014 FIFA World Cup mania have reason to be optimistic as the underdog Team USA heads into Tuesday’s do-or-die match against Belgium.
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, who left the June 16 game against Ghana early with a hamstring injury, is ready to play, reports ESPN.
The game begins at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and will be carried on ESPN.
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Crofton native Kyle Beckerman re-tweeted U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard’s shoutout to fans on Sunday: “For everyone who is supporting this team & joining us on this journey, we thank you!!! Enjoy the ride #USA.”
Beckerman, 32, is a midfielder for Team USA and play professionally for Real Salt Lake.
As part of the “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories” video series from ussoccer.com, Beckerman says the World Cup fulfills a dream. “For me, that’s what I wanted to be -- a national team player.” Beckerman said. “That was it. I made up my mind back then. So, it’s pretty cool to be here now.”
The U.S. must defeat Belgium to stay in the tournament. See a preview here of this knockout round game.
Few international fans expected the United States to make it out of the Group of Death – which it did with a win over Ghana, a tie with Portugal and a loss to Germany. The favored Belgium team hopes to make it past the Round of 16 for the second time in history, says the Major League Soccer website.
“Yes, the US advanced to the Round of 16 in consecutive World Cups for the first time ever,” says MLSSoccer.com. “But some people would argue they did so in a visually displeasing manner.”
There’s no word yet on whether U.S. Coach
Jurgen Klinsmann will post another "Get Out of Work" excuse you
can take to the boss. He penned one last week on the U.S. Soccer Twitter feed for fans to present to the boss before
the game with Germany.
According to Reuters News Service reported the full note said:
"I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause," wrote Klinsmann.
"The #USMNT (U.S. Men's National Team) has a critical World Cup game vs Germany and we will need the full support of the nation if we are to advance to the next round.
"By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA! Signed Jurgen Klinsmann, Head Coach, U.S. National team".