The United States mens's national team learned some hard lessons in their 4-2 loss to Belgium Wednesday night in Cleveland, Ohio. The Nats fell behind early only to snag one goal back through defender Geoff Cameron. The wheels came off in the second half as the U.S. defense gave up three goals in a fifteen minute period.
Wednesday night, the United States played host to Belgium at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The match provided an opportunity for the US to prove themselves against one of Europe's emerging powerhouses, a Belgium side that has rose to number 15 in the FIFA World Rankings. Jurgen Klinsmann's men produced some bright spots throughout the match but were thoroughly outplayed by a Belgium side that could be very dangerous at World Cup 2014.
CLEVELAND When asked to list three bright spots for the U.S. Men's National Team from Wednesday night's 4-2 loss to Belgium, Jurgen Klinsmann gave a wry smile that acknowledged just how tough a task that was.
Klinsmann wasn't quite able to come up with three, and that told you all you needed to know about Wednesday's match.
Last night in Cleveland, the United States National Team was outclassed by a Belgium squad that exposed the American side's weaknesses, weaknesses that many US fans and Soccer House have conveniently turned a blind eye towards since the team's success in the 2002 World Cup finals.
While the USMNT has made great strides since its days of wandering the non-World Cup finals wilderness between 1950 and 1990, the team, and the USSF program in general, have much work to do.
CLEVELAND -Wednesday night's match against Belgium was supposed to be a golden opportunity for some U.S. Men's National Team players to stake their claims to starting spots, or at the very least improve positions on the depth chart.
After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the United States National Team players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection). This week Brian O'Connell and Sean Donahue contributed ratings for theUSA's 4-2 loss to Belgium.
Belgium scored three second half goals en route to a 4-2 victory over the United States in a friendly match at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday night. The 15th ranked Belgians took the lead within the first seven minutes, but the 29th ranked U.S. fought back to tie the score going into the break only to collapse in the second half, giving up three unanswered goals before scoring a late consolation goal to give the game its final score.
CLEVELAND- While we went through our traditional exercise of trying to project the U.S. Men's National Team lineup for Wednesday's friendly vs. Belgium just a week ago, the myriad of changes in the camp has shaken things up enough to justify another look at the squad Klinsmann could field against the Belgians.
CLEVELAND- Jurgen Klinsmann didn't reveal his starting lineup for Wednesday night's U.S. Men's National Team friendly vs. Belgium, but the player seated alongside Klinsmann for Tuesday's press conference revealed at least one of the players he will call on.
With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, summer is fast approaching and it is time to start talking about the U.S. Men's National Team and their busy summer ahead.
Episode 36 of The SBI Show features a closer look at the USMNT, as co-host Garrett Cleverly and I preview Wednesday night's match against Belgium, and look at the team we are likely to see Jurgen Klinsmann trot out against the Belgians.
The U.S. Men's National Team will play their first of five matches in a three-week span on Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio, and while it is arguably the least meaningful of the five, it should offer Jurgen Klinsmann a chance to see some different options in the starting lineup.
Although South Africa feels like it was just yesterday, today marks one year until the opening game of World Cup 2014. Brazil is gearing up to host the 20th FIFA World Cup, with the first game in Sao Paulo on 12th June 2014, and qualifiers have been taking place around the world this last week as the road to the finals heats up.
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The USA were outcoached, outplayed and outmanned by a superior Belgium side last night, losing 4-2 in Cleveland before 27,720 fans last night.
Good teams take advantage of their opponents mistakes and that is what Belgium did. All four Belgium goals came as a direct result of US defensive mistakes and that has to worry US coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke says he "won't necessarily accept" being told he has to stay at the club. The Belgium international was Villa's star man this season. Without his goals, Paul Lambert's side would probably have been relegated. While that has made him a hero at Villa Park, Benteke says he would have no [.
A decent smattering of Premier League stars were on show at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland last night, with the league providing all six of the goals scored in Belgium's 4-2 win over the US of A.
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke bagging a brace, with Everton duo Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini also getting in on the action while Tottenham's Clint Dempsey and Stoke's Geoff Cameron scored for Jurgen Klinsmann's men.
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard let out a scream of "What the f**k!" after Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas scored past him during yesterday's match between USA and Belgium. The Toffees goalie was far from happy with the defensive efforts of those in front of him. His yelled f-bomb was captured loud and clear by the broadcast [.
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed that former manager David Moyes brought him in for a one-on-one training session following his headbutt on Stoke's Ryan Shawcross. Moyes gave all the other players and coaching staff the day off, with only the Belgium international required to report for training.
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.
Will the Belgium champ do damage against his league's vacationing natties? It's a bigger moment than that for Sacha.
The United States hopes to get thuggish, ruggish and to the bone as it takes on Belgium in a high-powered of friendly of sorts in Cleveland, Ohio a few days before the first of da month and the first of three critical World Cup Qualifiers.
Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan has become just the fifth American Abroad to celebrate consecutive top flight league crowns in Europe, going the distance as the 10-man hosts hung on for a 1-1 draw with chasers Zulte Waregem.So... who can name the other four?- Greg Seltzer
Sacha Kljestan has put Anderlecht ahead 1-0 at closing night hosts Lokeren. The midfielder got to the end of a free kick on 25 minutes for his second goal in as many championship hex matches against the underdogs. Remember: a Mauves win clinches the title repeat, which would make Kljestan just the sixth American to win it all back-to-back in a European top flight.
With the USA-Belgium friendly in the rearview mirror, and the upcoming friendly against Germany looming on Sunday, the latest episode of The SBI Show puts special focus on the U.S. Men's National Team.
Belgium beat the USA 4-2 in a friendly to counterbalance whatever confidence boost the Americans took from beating Costa Rica in a blizzard and earning a 0-0 draw in Mexico in their last two World Cup qualifiers. The USA played something of an experimental starting XI without the likes of Michael Bradley (or Landon Donovan) and made plenty of mistakes that the Belgians capitalized on with ease.
Somehow, this one has snuck up on me. I'm ready for Sunday's USSF Centennial Match at RFK (and based on the Germans' showing against Ecuador in Miami today, our boys better be ready for it, too), and of course the June set of World Cup Qualifiers are conspicuously marked on my calendar. But tonight's friendly managed to fly under my radar.