Belgium defeated the U.S. 2-1 in full time and deflated the American hype and furor around our new favorite sport-of-the-moment. Although we won’t see the USMNT contend for the title, good times and camaraderie were had by all.
CSN Houston’s Sebastian Salazar joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss the USA vs Belgium game tomorrow in the World Cup. He discussed some of the interesting game time situations that have occurred in the World Cup so far. Salazar said that France and the Netherlands have been performing pretty well so far in the Cup and Germany not as well as expected. He discussed concerns with Jozy Altidore’s hamstring and said it would be a huge risk to start him against Belgium tomorrow. Salazar analyzed the way that the US has played against their other opponents and what they need to do against Belgium.
With the U.S. and Portugal set to square off on Sunday at 6pm ET, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Group G has been called the group of death by many because and it’s starting to live up to it’s nickname.
Still hurt after the loss to Honduras in Mexico City, the Mexican national team will now have to face its greatest CONCACAF rival, the United States, in what will be a critical and difficult match for the visiting team.
Jozy Altidore has been cleared to resume practice, and U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he’s optimistic his striker will be ready for Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica.
Rockets forward Chandler Parsons has been invited to attend the USA Basketball Select Team camp this July.
Blake Griffin will have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and the U.S. forward will miss the Olympics.
The national team demonstrated their power in the first inning with a two-out grand slam and added a two-run blast in the fifth inning to provide the bulk of their scoring effort.