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World Cup Tale of the Tape: USA vs. Belgium

The U.S. aren’t expected to survive the Round of 16 matchup against Belgium. Then again, they weren’t really supposed to advance past group play either. So, can they pull off an upset? I believe that we will … need to look this over before making a final decision.

USA
Belgium
USA v Germany: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Belgium v Russia: Group H - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
World Cup Appearances
9
Winner 11
FIFA Ranking
13
Winner 11
Group Finish
2nd with a record of 1-1-1. Finished with 4 points in Group G, also known as 'The Group of Death.'
Winner 1st with an unblemished record of 3-0-0. Finished with 9 points in Group H.
Key Player(s)
With Jozy Altidore sidelined with injury, the onus of success falls on Clint Dempsey in attack. Despite sustaining a broken nose, Dempsey led the U.S. with 2 goals in group play.
Winner It's tough to name just one player as Belgium's roster is a virtual who's who of European all-stars. So, we'll call it a tie and go with attackers Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.
Best World Cup Finish
Winner 3rd in 1930
4th in 1986

The Winner Is

Belgium v Russia: Group H - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Winner Belgium
4 out of 5

In essence, Belgium is a team of young rock stars. The squad's average age is a youthful 26, almost two full years younger than the U.S. (27.8).

Further, the numbers don't lie. Having won four out of five categories, Belgium looks to be where the U.S. World Cup effort will draw to a close.

Let's hope for an upset though!

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