USA vs Belgium, International Friendly: Open Thread

usa belgium USA vs Belgium, International Friendly: Open Thread

Live from Cleveland, it’s the United States Men’s National Team against Belgium in an international friendly. For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN3.com at 8pm ET.

USA starting XI: Howard, D. Beasley, Gonzalez, Goodson, Cameron, Jones, Kljestan, Davis, Dempsey, Zusi, Altidore.

Belgium starting XI: Mignolet, Vertonghen, Vermaelen, Kompany, Alderweireld, Defour, Fellaini, Dembele, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Mirallas.

Belgium’s starting XI reads like a who’s who of the Premier League featuring stars from Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Spurs and other clubs. Eden Hazard will not feature in this match, however. Meanwhile, DaMarcus Beasley wins his 100th cap for the United States tonight in a lineup with very few surprises.

The match tonight will give the United States a stern test against one of the most promising international teams in Europe.

Before, during or after tonight’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans.

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19 Responses to USA vs Belgium, International Friendly: Open Thread

  1. gillyrosh says:

    Thank you for those 2 photos.

  2. krazymunky says:

    USA going 4-4-2 instead of the usual 4-3-3. Hopefully this means more offense (aka altidore not by himself upfront)

  3. Andre says:

    I just switched it on and ESPN is showing a “30 for 30″ about 1994… is anyone else seeing this? I am in New York.

  4. Dust says:

    If this was competitive game it would be very ugly fit the US, as a friendly who knows, I just hope clint, vert and moussa don’t get injured.

  5. CTBlues says:

    This crowd is silent, very unlike the Outlaws to be so quite.

  6. gillyrosh says:

    This game is going to make me sad, isn’t it?

    • The Gaffer says:

      You can see into the future!

      Easy goal by Benteke. Poor defending by the US there.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  7. jtm371 says:

    Belgium will win the next WC to much pressure on Brazil at home.

  8. goatslookshifty says:

    “This substitution fueled by Gatorade”. This defeat was fueled by Major League Soccer.

  9. Smokey Bacon says:

    Benteke will not be at Villa too much longer if he keeps this up.

    Belgium just might be the best team in Europe right now. Loaded right through the team.

  10. Smokey Bacon says:

    Team USA are as lacking in quality as team England. Have to say that Klinsmann has been a disappointment. Beasley at left back, really? With every game, the job that Bob Bradley did looks better and better. Made the team better than the sum of its parts. Klinsmann looks like he doesn’t have a clue. Very different than his heyday coaching Germany in 2006.

    • The Gaffer says:

      The USA team has so much in common with the England team, it’s scary.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        Under Bradley, the USA had a naive approach to friendlies that made them enjoyable to watch. They treated every game like a must win and Bradley had them believing they could beat anybody.

        You don’t see the same thing under Klinsmann. He looks disappointed standing there on the touch line. It’s like he knows he cannot do anything with this group of players. Surprising for someone who’s motivational skills were a major factor in his successful stint as Germany coach.

        • CTBlues says:

          Motivation only gets you so far. I love how everybody expected the US to all of a sudden become Germany because we got Klinsmann.

    • ElectricBoogalo says:

      I think Klinsman’s “hey day” as manager of the German national team is vastly over-rated. Semi-finals is practically par-for-the-course for Germany (especially with home advantage), and much of the credit should probably have gone to Loew anyway.

      Klinsman’s career since then has been underwhelming, and when the US appointed him, it would be make-or-break time for him.

  11. The Gaffer says:

    Well taken penalty by Clint Dempsey. But what a gift to the US from the Costa Rican referee to award that penalty kick in the first place. Very soft penalty.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

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