USMNT TO FACE COSTA RICA AND BELGIUM
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The USSF today announced that the United States will play a pair of friendlies during the September international window.

The United States will host fellow CONCACAF rivals on September 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

It will be the first meeting between the two teams since October 14, 2009 when the US fought back from a 2-0 deficit and tied the game with a last minute equalizer from Jonathan Bornstein.

That emotional draw came just a day after forward Charlie Davies suffered a near-fatal car accident and missed the World Cup as a result. Also from that game, Costa Rica lost out on an automatic World Cup spot and were forced to play Uruguay in a playoff which they eventually lost.

Following the Costa Rica game, the US national team will travel to Brussels to take on Belgium at King Badouin Stadium on September 6.

The teams have played just three times in their history with Belgium holding a 2-1-0 record over the Stars & Stripes.
Goalscorer24
Friday July 8, 2011 5:58 pm
Boycotting the games! No more money for USSF until they kick out some of the people that are currently making the decisions based on money and not on what is best for US Soccer. Also a new coach that can advance the US team not have it going backwards.
Juan from L.A.
Thursday July 7, 2011 6:39 pm
Difficult to get excited while the same coach is there. He needs to go if we want to even get real in getting back this ship in order. He is not the problem but part of the problem and the easiest to fix. If we maintain the status quo, staying 2nd place in the region will just be longer.
whyneverme
Thursday July 7, 2011 4:09 pm
So looks like a bunch of MLS guys to play against Costa Rica then the Euro nats playing in Belgium.... Should be two almost completely different lineups for each game. I suppose the match vs Costa Rica could also include some of the Mexican league players but that would mean that Bradley would have to call those players into camp..... sigh......
Ohana
Thursday July 7, 2011 11:59 am
The USSF sucks. Why would they schedule a game in California & then 4 days later in Belgium? No matter if the roster is European-based or MLS-based, I would expect the second game to be a crap performance. The Belgium game will be a waste of time. The only way this works is if Bradley brings in two rosters.
Ed C.
Thursday July 7, 2011 2:46 am
Belgium will be a very good test. Unlike the USA though, they don't just grab kids to "try" them out constantly; they're a pretty well established team. If the USA can pick up something from this game, I'll be impressed. BB best start Kljestan, so he can show off in his adopted home town! Looking forward to that one!
danielofthedale
Wednesday July 6, 2011 7:30 pm
Totally agree that this will be an ideal time to bring in some fresh faces but Holden has no shot to play. Bolton says he will be out till Oct.
Charlie G.
Wednesday July 6, 2011 9:42 am
Well, the U-20's missed the WC, maybe time to bring in a few - agree with Marcelo, time for new blood - see Brian's previous article, On The Rise. Also, would be good to see Guzan get a start, or at least 45 minutes in each.
Marcelo
Wednesday July 6, 2011 6:48 am
Great opportunity for new faces!!! and also to see Chandler, Holden, Davies and Mic...time for change...if not the coach than new players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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