PREVIEW: BELGIUM - UNITED STATES
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, September 5, 2011
Following a disappointing loss to Costa Rica on Friday, the US national team will return to action on Tuesday when they take on Belgium at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is still looking for his first win since replacing Bob Bradley last month. The US drew Mexico 1-1 in his debut before falling to Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday.

The US, who have not played Belgium since 1998, will field a strong lineup on Tuesday. Tim Howard is the unquestionable number one keeper and should start, but Bill Hamid could also earn some minutes in his first camp.

In the backline, Carlos Bocanegra and Brondby's Clarence Goodson could be the first choice central defenders, while Steve Cherundolo will likely return in place of Timothy Chandler who struggled against the Ticos.

Edgar Castillo is the only pure left back on the roster and should start again, but Birmingham City's Jonathan Spector is another candidate and may see minutes.

Kyle Beckerman rejoins the squad after being held out against Costa Rica. The 29-year old Maryland native had a strong outing against Mexico in Klinsmann's debut, however, Maurice Edu also remains a possibility to play significant minutes.

Also in the midfield, Clint Dempsey returns to the US for his first game under Klinsmann while Belgium-based Sacha Kljestan will probably start the match across town from his home stadium. Running the show should be Jose Franscico Torres who has featured prominently under Klinsmann thus far.

Jozy Altidore should start alone up top where his is looking to carry over his recent club success at AZ Alkmaar to the international arena.

Landon Donovan was left back in the US and will not participate.

For the hosts, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is amongst the big names head coach Georges Leekens has named to a stacked roster. Other names familiar to US players are Dempsey's Fulham teammate Moussa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini from Howard's Everton while Denis Odoi from Anderlecht will face off against teammate Kljestan.

Timmy Simons from FC Nurnberg may square off with Chandler while Daniel Van Buyten, who played under Klinsmann at Bayern Munich is likely to see playing time.

Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen, who was initially named to the squad, was forced to pull out of the match due to an Achilles' heel injury.

In European Championship qualifying, Belgium currently sit in third place in Group A and trail Turkey by one point, though the Turks have played one fewer game.
G. Smith
Tuesday September 6, 2011 11:34 am
I would like to see this line up
Gk - Howard
Def- Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Goodson, F. Johnson
Def Mid - Edu
Mid - Chandler, Dempsey, Torres, Shea
Fwd - Altidore

If JK stays in the 4-1-4-1. I personally like the 4-3-3.
Nick
Tuesday September 6, 2011 10:04 am
Desi I'm not saying played great on a 1-10 scale I would give him a 6.5. Which in my brain is well.
Desi
Tuesday September 6, 2011 7:53 am
Nick and Andy, you must have watched different games than I did. Chandler was really poor on Friday. He lost the ball several times trying to push up and was caught out of position on numerous occasions.
Nick
Tuesday September 6, 2011 6:03 am
Timmy Chandler played well. Agudelo needs to learn how to play first. Castillo should never be on the field. With the roster were taking if we were going to play two strikers it should be Josmer and duece.
Ed C.
Tuesday September 6, 2011 3:50 am
this will be more of a test for the boys than the costa rica game because i think there is a bit more respect for the belgian team and they're an unfamilar and european team, so i would expect more discipline and more concentration.
Andy
Tuesday September 6, 2011 12:51 am
Timmy Chandler didn't struggle against the Ticos. Orozco, Bocanegra, and Castillo struggled mightily, but he didn't look off the oace. He had a few good defensive plays and moved up in attack well.
Steve
Monday September 5, 2011 11:33 pm
Looking forward to seeing Dempsey and Torres playing together, this is the time for experimentation so maybe a two striker format with Aguedelo and Altidore could be interesting as well. These next couple months are about developing some depth...
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