Jurgen Klinsmann's men go into their World Cup second round game with confidence at an all-time high, despite being on the receiving end of a defeat in their last game in Brazil. The USMNT were not expected by anyone to make it out of a group that contained Portugal and Germany, especially with the other side in Group G being the team who handed them their marching orders at the last two World Cups.

Vengeance over old foes

USA enjoyed sweet revenge over Ghana in their only victory of the group stages, setting their campaign off to a flying start within 32 seconds and then stealing a winner in the last ten minutes through John Brooks.

But the Ghana win was so nearly overshadowed when they almost earned 3 points against the FIFA Ranked #4 in the world; Portugal. After trailing for an hour, the USA rode a Portuguese storm and never gave up fighting, eventually getting back on even terms through a sensational strike from Jermaine Jones. The German-born midfielder, who now plays his club football at Turkish side Besiktas, has played exceptionally well in South America and has even outshone golden-boy, Michael Bradley, in the center of the US midfield.

Before the World Cup it was seen by most as either Jones or Beckerman alongside Bradley, but out in Brazil the 3 players have forged a partnership that doesn't fear anyone, not even the Germans!

USA morale

Jurgen Klinsmann has lit a fire under this group of players that is not going to be put out without a fight. They have bonded together stronger than anyone could've predicted, especially just a few weeks back when Landon Donovan was omitted and so many anticipated a collapse without the experience and reliability of the 57-goal legend.

DaMarcus Beasley has been electrifying in his record-breaking, fourth World Cup finals, providing that cool head under pressure in his latest role as part of the defensive line. Despite his advancing years, the 32-year-old still has pace and has been seen getting forward on the wings to great effect in Brazil.

Belgium may be without captain through groin strain

Les Diables Rouges may be without inspirational captain Vincent Kompany, and without his influence they will be missing a key element to their game. Kompany is the figure-head of the team with cool composure and exceptional vision.

MatchFitUSA prediction: Belgium 0-1 USA

The Stars and Stripes will have to weather a storm of unrelenting Belgian pressure, but they will again show their strength in defense as well as between the sticks. The European side have a wealth of quality in their squad, but this campaign has USA riding on the crest of a wave and that confidence and morale will carry them through. Expect Michael Bradley to finally find the net in this one.
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