Starts at 1PM PDT on ESPN, if anyone cares: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/01/sports/worldcup/world-cup-usa-vs-belgium.html?_r=0 Pre-Match Musings Kickoff approaches in Salvador, where It’s 81F/27C, clear and somewhat humid at 74 percent. The sun will set about 20 minutes after the match begins, so conditions should be excellent. Some things to know as the game impends. Klinsmann’s complaint: The United States coach has made the astonishing assertion that Djamel Haimoudi, the French-speaking Algerian referee for this match, will be better able to communicate with the Belgians than with the Americans. “We hope it’s not a concern,” said Klinsmann, who had ventured no previous opinions on whether English-speaking referees might have helped the United States in Concacaf qualifying. Some call this “working the refs,” but Klinsmann has misspoken before (see“it is just not realistic” to expect Team USA to win the World Cup), and this latest statement merely sounds like ill-advised whingeing. The rebukes of Hazard: Belgium coach Marc Wilmots called out midfield playmaker Eden Hazard yesterday to finally start performing as well as he does for Chelsea, where he won the Premiership’s young player of the year award last season. “He can do a lot for us, everyone knows that — now I’m waiting to see it,” Wilmots said of Hazard. “It’s not a question of putting pressure on him, as I know he’s under a lot of pressure.” Well, that certainly must have helped. Belgium’s scant pedigree: The Red Devils’ all-time record in the World Cup octavofinals (or Round of 16, as we call it in the States) is 1-4. Their average finish for their 11 previous World Cup appearances: 12th place (19th, when converted to a 32-team field). That news should be encouraging for American fans looking for an upset. The United States’ scant pedigree: Team USA’s all-time record in the World Cup octavofinals is 1-2. The Amerks’ average finish for their nine previous World Cup appearances: 10th place (16th, when converted to a 32-team field). On a historical basis, the two teams are pretty even. Wait, the Americans and the Belgians have met once before at the World Cup!: A 3-0 U.S. win! Hold on – that was in 1930. Never mind….