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 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.

19 thoughts on “USA vs Belgium, International Friendly: Open Thread”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. You can see into the future!

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

      The Gaffer

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

      1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  6. 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.

    The Gaffer

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