SALVADOR, Brazil – 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).
For full standings and results, visit ussoccer.com’s 2014 FIFA World Cup homepage.
- 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).
- 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.