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ASN Morning Read: By Golly It's Finally Gameday

The United States squares off against Belgium with a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals on the line; Jozy Altidore is cleared to play, but Jurgen Klinsmann is tight-lipped on how much (or if) he'll see the field.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
July 01, 2014
9:54 AM
  • Jozy Altidore is “ready and available” to face Belgium. “Just having him with us tomorrow is huge,” Jurgen Klinsmann said Monday. “But as for how many minutes, we'll see that during the game."

  • Should Altidore start? You tell us.

  • Tactical preview.

  • Michael Bradley: “We want more.”

  • Thomas Vermaelen will miss the game while Vincent Kompany is questionable.

  • Klinsmann is a bit concerned about Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi being assigned to today’s game, or might genuinely be playing some Jose Mourinho-esque mind games. “Is it a good feeling? No. He’s coming from the same group with Belgium and Algeria … he’s able to speak French with their players and it’s a country we beat in the last second in the last World Cup.”

    Belgium coach Marc Wilmots dismissed Klinsmann’s comments. “If you start talking about that, it’s finding excuses before the game,” Wilmots said.

  • Listen to the ASN podcast as you eagerly count down to 4 p.m. ET.

  • This is awesome:

  • Brad Davis: “We feel Belgium is a very good side, but they also seem to be a little beat up and we see them as a team that’s very tough, but definitely beatable.”

  • The national team is one of the few things holding a divided Belgium together.

  • Waffle House and Bojangles got in on the Belgium hate because, #brands.

  • Terrence Boyd will be leaving Rapid Vienna to join RB Leipzig, which just earned promotion to the 2. Bundesliga. Interesting move to say the least.
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