On Tuesday, it would be USA vs. Belgium in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 at 4 p.m. EST. United States team has made to the top 16, which has stirred the interest in the region. For those stuck in the office, ESPN.com is the first option to watch USA vs. Belgium. This link can be used for watching the match on ESPN.
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For those who cannot watch the video, listen to the ESPN Radio audio broadcast through the headphones. Smartphone users can download ESPN app or FIFA app on their smartphone that will produce real-time updates of the match.
An interesting fact to note is that the last six of Belgium’s World Cup goals have come in the final 20 minutes of the play. And, on only one instance have USA been able to keep clean sheet in their last 10 World Cup games. Probability of adding one more clean sheet increases, when we notice that Belgium scored only four goals in group games, which is the second lowest among all 16 qualifiers.
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Plenty of offline options for USA vs. Belgium
The Washington Post lists down many options for sans, who do not want to be bounded by office walls. They can watch the match Live at Freedom Plaza, which will be hosted by D.C. government, according to Mayor, Vincent C. Gray. Due to high temperature, D.C. will offer free water; also, people are free to bring in their own snacks, blankets and lawn chairs.
Another such spot would be Fairgrounds, where a 180 square-foot screen for the game will be installed, according to owner Bo Blair, along with eight food trucks. Here the watchers can get beer unlike in Freedom Plaza.
Then there is another spot where USA vs. Belgium will be streamed live. National Harbor and the Mosaic District will, also, host similar event where the fans can come and watch the match on big screen. Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse can be an ideal spot for those, who do not want to combat with high humidity. Here all the United States matches are streamed on a high-definition movie screen.
There are range of bars and other venues that will set up big screens for streaming the USA vs. Belgium match. ChurchKey will open at 3 pm instead of usual 4pm. The Sixth and I Historic Synagogue opens at 3:30 p.m and will also offer free food during the match. “Non-Belgian” beer and wine will be for sale, and the first 50 people through the door get a free drink.
Here’s where to catch the games online (via MassLive)
USA vs. Belgium Live streaming:
WatchESPN (Formerly ESPN3) – You’ll need a cable subscription in order to watch, but ESPN offers a pretty comprehensive streaming option for the World Cup.
WatchESPN App – Same as above, but allows viewers to catch the game on their mobile devices or any other streaming service out there.
Univision – Unlike ESPN, Univision’s streaming option is free. Also unlike ESPN, the broadcast will be in Spanish. While that may turn some away, it’s still a solid option for English speakers looking to watch in the background at work or don’t understand it anyway and just want to hear someone excited about the game.
Univision Deportes – Same as above, but brings the service to your mobile or streaming device.
BBC Sports – Here’s where it starts to get tricky. As our friends at AL.com note, the BBC’s streaming service will block any IP addresses from the States. While many international viewers will be set, Americans will have to use a program like TunnelBear or Hola to get around that hurdle.
FirstRowSports – The desperate, advanced option. If you can’t use any of the above options, you can try FirstRowSports (alternate option here). Warning: Many of these streams are loaded with sketchy adds and will put you as risk for downloading some adware crap that you don’t want. However, it is free and in English, save for the rare foreign feed. AdBlock plus is recommended (also patience).