U.S. out of World Cup after extra-minutes loss to Belgium
It was a tough break for the Americans yesterday in World Cup Play, as the Men’s National Team fell to the Belgium Red Devils 3-1 in extra time.
The U.S. Forced extra minutes with a clean sheet across the board at the end of regulation and all three goals were scored after the 90 minute mark.
First to strike was Belgium, scoring on a strong forward front in the 93rd minute, followed by a tight, technical kick from Romelu Lukaku in the 105th minute.
But the U.S. wasn’t done yet.
Nineteen-year-old Julian Green, who is the youngest American to play in a World Cup and entered the match only minutes before, caught the ball mid-air with his foot and put it past Belgian goaltender Thibaut Courtois in the 107th minute, lighting a fire beneath the U.S. team.
Captain Clint Dempsey had several attempts on the goal late in extra time as the American became much more aggressive in their offensive attack late in the match.
But it proved not to be enough at the end of time, sending the U.S. home after an historic run through one of the toughest qualifying groups in the World Cup.
But despite the loss, the U.S. team still made history with the miraculous performance of Tim Howard on goalkeeper.
Howard had 16 saves during the match, a mark met by no other goalie in World Cup history. It wasn’t until extra time that Howard let the first goal by him, but even that was on a fluke second shot that was out of his range.
Belgium now moves on now to face Cup favorites Argentina in the Round of 8.
Thunder among teams looking into Vince Carter
The Oklahoma City Thunder are among several teams that are interested in signing Vince Carter to next season’s squad, this according to several close sources to Carter.
Carter averaged 11.9 points,, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 24.4 minutes per game last season with the Mavericks. He would be an asset to any team after proving the 37-year-old can still play a strong 6th-man or swing man. He is ranked 25th on the NBA’s all-time scorers list, shoots well enough to space the floor out for his team’s top scorers, something the Thunder could use with weapons like Durant and Westbrook.
Other teams looking into Carter include the Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors.