After finishing in second place in the Group of Death during the opening round of the 2014 World Cup from Brazil, the United States will look to continue their improbable run. Even before the team travelled to Brazil for the most popular football tournament in the world, they were forced to fight through all the questions about how and why Landon Donovan was left off the tournament roster. Now, after their first three games in the tournament, they are being forced to answer more questions, this time about injury.
It all started for the Americans in the opening match when Clint Dempsey broke his nose and Jozy Altidore. The latter suffered a hamstring injury early in their match against Ghana, leaving his entire tournament in doubt. As a member of the United States national team, the native of Livingston, N.J. has scored 23 goals and his presence could be missed greatly if he can’t lace up his cleats on the pitch on July 1, and at this point, it doesn’t look like good news. The Dempsey broken nose hasn’t affected him or the team and he should be good to go when the United States takes on Belgium.
In the final game of the group stage against Germany, another nose was broken on an American player. This time, it wasn’t a stray kick of the opposing player that did it. In the second half, Jermaine Jones became the latest player to break his name after colliding with teammate Alejandro Bedoya. Dempsey has gone against the advice of doctors by not wearing a face mask and it remains to be seen what Jones will do when he takes the field on Tuesday.
The United States will take on Belgium on July 1st with a spot in the quarterfinals up for grab. The winner of that game will take on the winner of Argentina vs. Switzerland with the ultimate goal being advancing to the following match where a showdown with either Netherlands or Costa Rica will take place.