SBI Thursday Rewind: USMNT loses but advances as Belgium awaits; Suarez banned; and more

SBI Thursday Rewind: USMNT loses but advances as Belgium awaits; Suarez banned; and more

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SBI Thursday Rewind: USMNT loses but advances as Belgium awaits; Suarez banned; and more

Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones

By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Men’s National Team has done it. For the first time in team history, the USMNT clinched berths to the knockout round in back-to-back World Cups. It wasn’t the prettiest road — a slow and soggy loss to Germany on Thursday pushed them through in the end — but now, “Group of Death” is just an empty phrase as Ghana and Portugal head home. Jermaine Jones won SBI’s Man of the Match honors for the third straight game in a row as he again served as the dominant force on both sides of the ball.

Up next, the U.S. must face Belgium, who pulled out an impressive against-the-odds win Thursday over South Korea. Down to 10 men in a scoreless deadlock, Jan Vertonghen saved the day with a late rebound goal, which was enough to seal Belgium’s spot at the top of Group H. Elsewhere, Algeria advanced over Russia to face Germany next Monday.

Luis Suarez’s peculiar on-field bad habit come back to bite him — again. For the third time in his career, Suarez was punished for biting opponents after FIFA handed down Thursday a four-month ban from all soccer-related activity for Uruguay’s star striker. The punishment also includes a nine-game international ban, meaning he will be out of the World Cup as Uruguay advances to the Round of 16 Saturday.

Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM:
USMNT advances to Round of 16 despite falling to Germany

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Jermaine Jones

USMNT celebrates second straight World Cup Round of 16 berth

World Cup: USA vs. Germany (SBI Live Match Commentary)

WORLD CUP:
FIFA hands Suarez fine, suspension for bite

Ghana suspends Boateng and Muntari indefinitely

Portugal downs Ghana, but both teams eliminated from World Cup

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo

10-man Belgium scores late winner to take down South Korea, top Group H

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Jan Vertonghen

Algeria comes back to draw Russia, advance to Round of 16

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Islam Slimani

World Cup Day 15: A Look Ahead

EUROPEAN SOCCER:
Packwood signs extension with Birmingham City

Adu plays for Stabaek in friendly match

 

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