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US stars Howard, Cameron selected in World Cup “team of the last 16″

Jul 3, 2014, 8:19 AM EDT

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Source: WhoScored.com

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According to the leading statisticians over at WhoScored, two U.S. players performed well enough against Belgium to make the “team of the last 16″ at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Everton’s Tim Howard (obviously) got the nod in goal as he scored a perfect 10 in the rankings with his record breaking 16-save performance, while Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron made the central midfield spot after he was moved from central defense to holding mid in favor of Kyle Beckerman.

Putting Howard in this squad was an obvious choice, but seeing Cameron’s name in the XI certainly makes Klinsmann’s decision to drop the incredibly popular Beckerman seem like a good one. Time and time again Cameron won the ball back for the U.S. and provided a vital shield in front of the back four. Imagine how much worse the attacking onslaught would’ve been if what was virtuall a ‘third center back’ wouldn’t have been deployed by Klinsmann? Yeah. Cameron had more touches (113) than any player on the pitch, completed four dribbles, made five tackles and eight clearances.

Other players named in the “team of the last 16″ were Argentine trio Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Pablo Zabaleta,  playmakers Mesut Ozil and Arjen Robben, plus the Belgian duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Jan Vertonghen. Algeria defender Essaïd Belkalem and Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Congrats to Tim and Geoff, who will now both take a break before heading back to England to prepare for another season in the Premier League with their club teams.

You, of course, can watch every single one of their PL games live on NBC Sports Live Extra online or via the app.

  1. simonkulberg - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    I`d have replaced Messi with Hulk I think. Messi was dangerous just once and hit a good pass then, but was otherwise anonymous. Meanwhile Hulk was a constant threat, who was unlucky to not score at least one goal. And where is Thiago Silva?.

    But nice to see confirmation that Cameron did well. I thought so myself during the match, but then the decision to include him was questioned in the press.

    • tindeaux - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      you didn’t watch soccer. argentina’s attack all tunneled through messi and di maria. Hulk didn’t $hit. go learn how to watch soccer again.

      • simonkulberg - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Well, when you put it so eloquently it`s obvious that you`re right. I shall go learn how to watch soccer again immediately.
        Thank you for educating me.

    • fenom - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      the one who should be dropped is oezil

    • lostintransocean - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Messi had 8 chances created, which is more than anyone else by a lot.

    • korules - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:29 AM

      Hulk was mostly a threat to the pitch… since he went down crying every 14 seconds.

      Then again Messi wasn’t great either.

  2. midtec2005 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    So they put the turnover machine in the top 11?

    Now we know how much this is worth.

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