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World Cup Open Thread - USA in the Knockout Round!

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The knockout rounds of the World Cup are now underway, and we've already seen 2 of the 4 games go to a penalty shootout. The USA will take on Belgium tomorrow afternoon in their second consecutive World Cup Round of 16 appearance.

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WE. DID. IT. Despite actually losing Thursday's game to the Germans by a 1-0 scoreline, the USA emerged from the so-called Group of Death in second place thanks to Portugal's win over Ghana. It marked the first time in US Soccer history that the Americans have made it out of the group stage in consecutive World Cups. Now that the group stage is finished, it becomes a whole new tournament. The USA gets set for a Tuesday afternoon showdown with Group H winners, and a very individually talented, Belgium. Can the Yanks continue their run in Brazil?! Let's chat.

Monday

The Teams

France| FIFA Ranking: 17

Nigeria| FIFA Ranking: 44

The Game

11 AM (Central) Kickoff | ESPN/ESPN3.com

Estadio Nacional, Brasilia, Brazil

Announcers - Derek Rae, Efan Ekoku

The Teams

Germany| FIFA Ranking: 2

Algeria| FIFA Ranking: 22

The Game

3 PM (Central) Kickoff | ESPN/ESPN3.com

Estadio Beira-Rio, Salvador, Brazil

Announcers - Jon Champion, Stewart Robson

Tuesday

The Teams

Argentina| FIFA Ranking: 5

Switzerland| FIFA Ranking: 6

The Game

11 AM (Central) Kickoff | ESPN/ESPN3.com

Arena de Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Announcers - Adrian Healey, Alejandro Moreno

The Teams

Belgium| FIFA Ranking: 11

United States of America| FIFA Ranking: 13

Usa

The Game

3 PM (Central) Kickoff | ESPN/ESPN3.com

Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil

Announcers - Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman

Helpful links

Complete US National Team World Cup Preview

USA/Belgium Preview

What's it like on the ground in Brazil?

SB Nation's World Cup Preview