Team USA falls to Belgium, 2-1, in World Cup
El Paso, TX — The U.S. Men's National Team nearly pulled off the most dramatic of late comebacks, but Belgium held off the vigorous late efforts to earn a 2-1 victory against the USA in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova.
Tim Howard had one of the best goalkeeping efforts in U.S. MNT and FIFA World Cup history with 16 saves. It is the most saves since FIFA has recorded that statistic in the World Cup.
Julian Green made his FIFA World Cup debut and scored in extra time to keep the USA's hopes alive when the squad was trailing by two goals.
Romelu Lukaku's 105th-minute tally proved to be the game-winner. Kevin De Bruyne assisted Lukaku's first goal and also scored an unassisted goal in the third minute of extra time.
With all of the defensive efforts during a scoreless 90-minute regulation, the USA had a high-percentage scoring chance in the third minute of stoppage time when Jermaine Jones headed the ball to a wide-open Chris Wondolowski at the edge of the six-yard box, but the striker's right-footed shot skewed wide of the goal.
Belgium advances to the tournament quarterfinals against Argentina on Saturday, July 5, at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia (12 p.m. ET, ABC).
• Tim Howard became the all-time U.S. MNT leader in World Cup caps and starts among modern era goalkeepers, earning his eighth appearance and start against Belgium. The previous record was held by Tony Meola (seven caps and seven starts).
• Howard earned his 104th cap overall, which ranks 11th all-time and is two ahead of Keller's previous goalkeeping record of 102 on the USA's all-time list.
• DaMarcus Beasley, the only American to play in four different FIFA World Cups, made his 11th tournament appearance, which ties for second all-time among U.S. MNT players with Cobi Jones and Earnie Stewart. Beasley made his 120th appearance overall, which ranks fifth all-time.
• Clint Dempsey played in his 10th FIFA World Cup game, which ties for fifth all-time in U.S. history with Brian McBride and Claudio Reyna.
• Midfielder Michael Bradley earned his 90th cap, which ties for 18th all-time with John Harkes (90 caps from 1987-2000).
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT is currently scheduled to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, Czech Republic. The kickoff time and stadium information will be announced at a later date.
Broadcast information: TBD
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• The USA is now 8-19-6 all-time in the FIFA World Cup while Belgium moves to 14-17-9 all-time.
• The USA is 1-5-0 all-time against Belgium.
• The U.S. MNT moves to 5-3-2 in 2014.
• The USA is now 2-6-1 all-time in games played in Brazil.
• U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's starting lineup featured Tim Howard in goal and the same back line from the Germany match: left back DaMarcus Beasley, right back Fabian Johnson and center backs Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler.
• The USA's 4-3-3 formation featured a midfield of Geoff Cameron on the right, Michael Bradley in the middle and Jermaine Jones on the left. This marked Cameron's first start in the midfield after starting on the back line against Ghana and Portugal. It also was Cameron's sixth international cap in a midfield role.
• The front line included Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey wearing the captain's armband and Graham Zusi.
• Defender DeAndre Yedlin was called upon early when Johnson limped off the field with an apparent right hamstring injury. Yedlin moved directly to Johnson's right back position.
• Chris Wondolowski entered the match for Zusi in the 72nd minute and Dempsey.
• With his final sub, Klinsmann brought in Julian Green, who made his first FIFA World Cup appearance when he replaced Bedoya in the second minute of stoppage time of the first 15-minute overtime.
• The USA is 9-5-3 in games with Dempsey as the team captain.
• The USA is now 32-13-9 all-time under Klinsmann.