Defying the expectation of most experts and fans, the USMNT has made it out of the proverbial Group of Death and into the Round of 16. Their opponent: a young and talented group from Belgium. On paper, it is a complete mismatch. 18 of the 23 players on the Belgium roster play in top levels of professional soccer in Europe. The USMNT has 9. Belgium qualified for the World Cup by going 8-0-2 and a GD of 14. Belgium also beat the US 4-2 in a May friendly in Cleveland. The Five-Thirty-Eight blog says that the US has about a 40% chance of winning. But you know what...NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS and THEY DON'T PLAY THE GAME ON PAPER!
The US is not going to loose to a bunch of waffle-loving, no government, Budweiser-stealing Euros who brought the world Brussels sprouts and french fries with mayo. Seriously, french fries with mayo!!! I am pretty sure that combination is illegal in the freedom-loving United States. So, you know what, forget you soccer experts...forget you. USA wins today 4-0, Altidore has a hat trick, and Belgium dissolves into two countries immediately thereafter. USA USA USA USA USA!!!!!
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