FIFA World Cup Round of 16: USA Ready for Overconfident Belgium

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The USA is ready for the overconfident Belgium team in the Round of 16 for the FIFA World Cup. Surviving the group of death, the Americans expect the return of forward Jozy Altidore to put the squad at full strength to start the knockout round. Facing a team just two spots ahead of the USA in the FIFA World Rankings, there is no doubt that Belgium will be heading home after Monday’s game.

There is a Guardian Liberty Voice writer who is covering the Belgium team that will need some counseling after the young US team lead by Captain America, Clint Dempsey leads the team to victory over Belgium. This writer feels confident that Belgium has the deepest team in the World Cup. Belgium does have to be a good team to qualify for the World Cup and earn a top 15 world ranking. Winning Group H and a higher ranking than the US team aside, the writer has not taken into account how many top teams have fallen flat and did not make it beyond group play and that Belgium will be the next team to go home..

The writer overlooked a key piece of the American line-up. Focus going into training for Brazil was the omission of Landon Donovan from the US roster. While Donovan was missed by the American lads after Altidore went down with an injury in the team’s first game against Ghana, the United States has a secret weapon that has only seen limited play during the group matches. During the 2013 Gold Cup, Donovan tied for most tournament goal’s with teammate Chris Wondolowski. Wondolowski may have come off the bench against Portugal in a clock killing roll, and with the exception of Cristiano Ronaldo finally waking up to assist on a last second equalizer, the forward did just that. Wondolowski is more than a ball handler that can play keep-a-way. The youngster has a deadly foot and can provide the US some instant offense off of the bench.

This delusional GLV writer also feels that Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois is the best goalkeeper on the planet. The Belgian keeper may have seen success against the lower ranked opposition in Group H, accounting for these apparent delusions of grandeur. The writer needs to wake up and realize that group play is over and it is time for the real games to start. The overconfident Belgium goalkeeper will learn quickly in the Round of 16 match of the FIFA World Cup that the USA team is ready to announce to the soccer world that America is a threat not to be dismissed.

The USA will be the first top 15 team the Belgium team has faced so far in Brazil. The fact that the US did draw with the Ronaldo led the Portuguese team and fell by a single goal off of a lucky rebound to Germany has given Belgium that false sense of confidence going into this first knockout game. The Belgium squad will quickly lose that confidence when Altidore steps onto the pitch for the first time since the Ghana game. Altidore is expected to play with a vengeance after missing most of the group games.

The USA will beat Belgium because:
1. Defeated Ghana, who had knocked the USA our of the previous two World Cups.
2. It took the best player in the world more than 90 minutes of play to finally figure out a way past the USA defense, and even then, it only resulted in a draw for Portugal.
3. Without Altidore, who is expected back from injury for the Belgium match, the US only lost to top ranked Germany by one goal during group play.
4. Captain America, Clint Dempsey, may be battered and broken, but cannot be stopped and will capitalize on any Belgium mistake at the defensive end.

The FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match-up between the USA and overconfident Belgium will end up as a great confidence builder for the American team, readying the squad for the rest of the knockout stages. With a full strength US squad that escaped the group of death, it is unfortunate for the GLV writer covering Belgium that their season will be over so soon.

Commentary by Carl Auer

Read more Guardian Liberty Voice Coverage on the FIFA World Cup Round of 16.

Sources:
Washington Post
Indy Star
Guardian Liberty Voice Group H Coverage
Guardian Liberty Voice

23 Responses to "FIFA World Cup Round of 16: USA Ready for Overconfident Belgium"

  1. Try again   July 2, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Statistically speaking the Usa lost, nuff said.

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  2. Anonymous   July 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Statistics indicated USA could have won 52% vs 48% nevertheless the strikers mistakes during the match killed USA

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    • SanderDema   July 2, 2014 at 2:27 am

      You can’t be serious, did you even watch the game?

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  3. België   July 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    In your face.

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  4. Hanne   July 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

    In the process of writing this article it seems you yourself have become overconfident. You call Belgium overconfident, but saying that America will BEAT Belgium is being delusional yourself. Both teams have a good chance of winning. This article makes it seem as if Belgium has NO CHANCE at winning, which is entirely false. Saying that someone will need counseling because you believe the USA will win (while he/she believes Belgium will win) is exaggerated. It is NOT certain America will win. You will have to wait until the match for that.

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  5. heidi   July 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Yes belgium is abetter team but who thought spain and england would be out, and costa rica wold be at the top in their groups. Lets just see the game. And to the mean people just be nice and enjoy the games. We dont have enough nice anymore.

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  6. S. P. Bist   July 1, 2014 at 3:37 am

    expert who feel that USA will beat Belgium are listening to their hearts and not their head..

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  7. Mike   June 30, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Reality check ; Usa loses = *shrugs* ; Belgium loses = *fail!* ; Usa wins = *world champions!* ; Belgium wins = *meh*

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  8. Kathleen Henderson   June 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

    We should all.wish one another the best! Take the high road and I am American 🙂 now I will say that I am beyond proud of our team!!!! I want wondolowski in for sure and miss Donovan but in my eyes Dempsey is our warrior! Go USA you can do this! Jermaine.Jones and our new rookie rock too. Our entire team does. Im so excited for the game!

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  9. Juank   June 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Group of Death… bah! ha ha ha you gringos are so funny…

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  10. Matt   June 30, 2014 at 4:28 am

    This is the biggest load of crap I have ever read. Yet another American Yankee wank, the most bias article that has ever been produced in history here are your reasons:
    1. All sources come from America
    2. You come from America
    3. Not one thing is said about Belgium’s players and form outside their group (look at their qualifiers)
    4. And the players you mentioned play in the American “soccer” league were as 11 of the Belgium squad play in the bpl (100X better than the American League) second only to England
    5. You mentioned courtois, you didn’t mention his record at athletico which is just sad research and reporting.

    To the person who wrote this and those reading from America the game is going to be close and if you believe what has been written then you live up to the stupid arrogant American the world has gotten use to. (I’m australian by the way so there is no bias)

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  11. Thomas   June 30, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I….I Believe..I Believe that…. I believe that.. YOU WILL LOSE

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  12. Braxton Dilworth   June 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    It’s nice how the LOSS to Germany is quickly glossed over. US is 1-1-1. Their overconfidence may be their weakness, but your faith in Altidore and Dempsey is yours.

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  13. Whatev   June 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Yawn… http://www.theguardian.com/global/2013/may/30/usa-belgium-international-friendly
    Anyone not seeing this as a close game is delusional.

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  14. Bmweston   June 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I…..I believe…I believe that……I believe that we…….I believe that we can win….I believe that we can win…..I believe that we can win!

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    • Braxton Dilworth   June 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Can being the key word here. Not will.

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  15. HONG DUONG   June 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    USA WINS FOR SURE.

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  16. Mike   June 29, 2014 at 11:51 am

    well Dav that’s because he plays for Man United, a club not a country…
    Belgium has a slight advantage over the USA, wich leads to the conclusion that the game has to be played to know the victor, 90 minutes ans at the end Belgium wins :p

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  17. Stelka   June 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

    this is so wrote by an american. Belgium will win

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    • Stelka   June 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

      *written

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  18. SanderDema   June 29, 2014 at 7:23 am

    that’s because our players play at Man U, Man City, Chelsea, Madrid, Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Arsenal, …

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  19. Dav   June 29, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Haha wtf the picture show a player from Manchester united!

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  20. Jan Peeters   June 29, 2014 at 4:42 am

    You are delusional! Belgium is better in every aspect of the game, usa has no chance:p

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