World Cup 2014: What to watch for in U.S. vs. Belgium

Jul 1, 2014 2:06 PM by CBS/AP

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The United States takes on Belgium for a place in the World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Here is what to watch for during Tuesday's match:

The stakes are high, but still expect the United States to show a more attacking game against Belgium after lacking bite so far in the tournament. The Americans only managed the second-lowest number of attacks out of the 32 teams during the group stage, with just 72.

Oguchi Onyewu, a former star defenseman for the U.S. national team and dual citizen of Belgium and the U.S., told "CBS This Morning" that the Americans "have the will to win", but they need to do a lot of work to get there.

"They have to score," Onyewu said. "Belgium is such a talented young group. The U.S. has to be on their game for 90 minutes."

Speaking after the U.S. lost 1-0 to Germany, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, "We will work ... to shift our entire game up forward. So that will put more pressure on the opponents and create more chances."

He said, "Now comes a very talented Belgium team that we have to prove to that we are better (than) ... so we have the respect that they deserve because it's a good team, but we also have all the tools in the world to beat them."

The good news on the injury front for the U.S. is that forward Jozy Altidore is available after straining his left hamstring in the team's opener against Ghana on June 16. He didn't play the next two group games but should be available to start on the bench on Tuesday.

"Jozy's back. He's back, he's ready to contribute in any form we want him and need him, and this is very exciting for us because obviously he's a big part of our team," Klinsmann says.

Belgium's main threat will come from the creative skills of playmaker Eden Hazard, who provided two decisive assists in group stage victories over Russia and Algeria.

Belgium's strikers have so far failed to deliver at the tournament, but the defense has been solid. The question mark at the back, though, is whether captain and central defender Vincent Kompany will be fully fit after a recurring groin strain. He did train on Monday, but could still be a doubtful starter for the match.

The Belgians boast a roster filled with top-flight young talent. Many pundits chose Belgium as their dark horse pick to win the World Cup before the tournament began, reports CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano.

Klinsmann created a stir by saying he isn't happy with FIFA's choice of referee, Algeria's Djamel Haimoudi.

Klinsmann said Monday the French-speaking referee will be able to communicate better with the Belgians, comes from a nation that was in the same first-round group with Belgium and is from a country eliminated by the U.S. at the 2010 tournament.

"Well, we hope it's not a concern," Klinsmann said at a news conference. "Is it a good feeling? No."

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots dismissed Klinsmann's comments, saying: "If we start going into this, it is looking for excuses ahead of the match."

Onyewu told "CBS This Morning" that this kind of back-and-forth about the referees is normal.

"I think everybody's complained about the referees in this tournament," Onyewu said. "At the end of the day, the game is gonna speak for itself. If the U.S. is more dominant, it's not going to be an issue."

The United States and Belgium haven't played in the World Cup since the first tournament in 1930, a 3-0 win by the Americans.

The United States hasn't advanced to a quarter finals since 2002, when the team was knocked out by Germany.


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