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International Friendly Preview: USA - Belgium


USA (4-2-3-1): Howard; Parkhurst, Gonzalez, Cameron, Beasley; Kljestan, Jones; Zusi, Dempsey, Johnson; Altidore.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)

Belgium (4-3-3): Mignolet; Vermaelen, Van Buyten, Vertonghen, Gillet; Defour, Dembele, Fellaini; De Bruyne, Lukaku, Mertens.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Jean-Francois Gillet (Torino), Simon Mignolet (Sunderland), Thomas Kaminski (Anderlecht).

DEFENDERS (8):  Toby Alderweireld (Ajax), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Guillaume Gillet (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Man. City), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover 96), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Steven Defour (Porto), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham), Marouane Fellaini (Everton), Thorgan Hazard (Zulte-Waregem), Timmy Simons (Nuremberg).

FORWARDS (7): Christian Benteke (Aston Villa), Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen), Maxime Lestienne (Club Brugge), Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich), Dries Mertens (PSV), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Jelle Vossen (Genk)


  • This will be Belgium's first-ever game in the United States. The teams most recently met in a friendly in Brussels on Sep. 6, 2011, which Belgium won 1-0.

  • This is the first in a five-game series of games for the USA. The team faces Germany in a friendly on Sunday, before embarking on World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama, and Honduras.

  • The U.S. roster will be shorthanded, after Maurice Edu and Corey Ashe withdrew because of injuries, while Brek Shea headed to Dallas for treatment on his right calf strain. Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, and Michael Bradley will all join the roster after this game due to club commitments.

  • Belgium will also have a depleted roster, as Nicolas Lombaerts, Axel Witsel, Nacer Chadli, and Eden Hazard (injury) went back home, while Vincent Kompany and Christian Benteke will likely sit with injuries.

  • USA defender/midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has 99 caps, and is set to become only the 13th U.S. player to earn 100 caps.

  • Belgium is currently tied for first place in Group A of UEFA qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with a 5-1-0 record.

  • Several USA and Belgium players are teammates on the club level including Tim Howard, Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas at Everton, Brad Guzan and Christian Benteke at Aston Villa, Clint Dempsey, Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele at Tottenham, and Sacha Kljestan, Thomas Kaminski and Guillaume Gillet at Anderlecht.
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