Millions of U.S. soccer fans saw the Round of 16 loss to Germany as the end of their 2014 FIFA World Cup fever. Then, almost by miracle, those same fans saw that a late goal by Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo had pushed the U.S. men’s national team into today’s 4pm EST / 1pm PST game against Germany. The only downer: most of America will be at work, leaving those same fans searching for ways to watch USA vs Belgium game free live streaming.
The U.S. men’s national team was never expected to advance past the so-called “Group of Death.” Yet here they are, thanks to a goal differential over Portugal in Group G, staring down today’s knockout game against red-hot Belgium. Today’s USA vs Belgium game marks just the first time in U.S. history the team’s advanced to the knockout round in consecutive World Cups.
Four years ago in South Africa, the United States won the group ahead of England but lost to Ghana in the round of 16. Having passed Ghana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on point totals, the U.S. will aim to avoid a similar knockout fate against Belgium.
Belgium has played the U.S. men’s national team twice during the past three years. The Red Devils have defeated team USA in both exhibition games, one taking place in Brussels in Sept. 2011, the other — a 4-2 loss — taking place last year in Cleveland.
With that track record, and with 14 of Belgium’s 23 players having played for clubs in last season’s UEFA Champions League, the Red Devils are heavily favored into today’s USA vs Belgium game.
Yet Belgium’s strength, clearing and winning balls in the box, also exposes their weakness on the flanks with their outside backs. Look for U.S. fullback Fabian Johnson to be critical to Team USA’s attack if he can find opportunities to run at the rear.
But enough of the game preview and chatter. If you’re looking to watch USA vs Belgium game free live streaming today, you can find it on the ESPN website or the ESPN mobile app if you’re a subscriber. The game starts at 4pm EST / 1pm PST. It’s also available on this Univision page if you don’t mind listening in Spanish.
If you decide to watch the USA vs Belgium World Cup game via ESPN’s live streaming options, their pre-game show starts an hour before the game. It’s bound to be a party worth catching. If you can take even more time away from work, of course.