SALVADOR, Brazil (CBSNewYork/AP) — They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready.
The time is now.
The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday.
“For some of the guys, it’s the last opportunity, so we have to make the most of it,” U.S. captain Clint Dempsey said. “And I’m sure if we play to the best of our ability, we’ll get a positive result.”
There were two bits of news on the eve of the match. Jozy Altidore has recovered sufficiently from his left hamstring strain to be available, although it appears he is unlikely to start. The forward has not played since the Americans’ June 16 opener, when he was taken off on a stretcher during the first half.
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