US hopes to boost World Cup attack against Belgium

Jun 28, 2014 8:40 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) - No wonder the United States is having problems scoring at the World Cup: The Americans are hardly attacking.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is eager for the U.S. to create more chances in Tuesday's second-round game against Belgium.

The U.S. had just 72 attacks during three group-stage games, according to FIFA. That ranked 31st among the 32 teams, ahead of only Costa Rica's 69.

The Americans were dead last in attacks from the left with 21 and tied for last with Iran with 29 from the center. Right back Fabian Johnson seems to be providing the spark for most forays upfield, advancing more often than left back DaMarcus Beasley.

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