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USA set to face Belgium in Cleveland
March 14th, 2013 11:48PM

TAGS:  belgium, men's national team


[DATEBOOK] The USA will face Belgium May 29 in a friendly at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium. The match, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN at 8 p.m. ET, will be one of two or three friendlies to be held before the USA plays a crucial set of three World Cup 2014 qualifiers in June.

The USA will host Belgium for the first time. Their first meeting in 1930 came at the World Cup in Uruguay, and the  three most recent games were all friendlies played in Belgium.

The USA is scheduled to face Germany June 2 at Washington's RFK Stadium to celebrate U.S. Soccer's 100th anniversary. There have been unconfirmed reports of a third friendly to be played before the Belgium game.

The USA plays at Jamaica June 7 before hosting Panama June 11 and Honduras June 18. The games are part of two double-fixture weeks FIFA has scheduled in June.

The USA played a series of five games -- three friendlies and two qualifiers -- in 2012 with mixed success. Its only wins were 5-1 over Scotland in the first friendly and 3-1 over Antigua & Barbuda in the opening game of the semifinal round of qualifying.

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: March 15, 2013 at 8:34 a.m.
    Since Klinsman took over as the national coach there have been a lot of complaints about players being exhausted and burned out from too much training and many friendlies before important games. Playing Belgium and Germany and a third un-named team might be too much for players that are just finishing their season, before important WC qualifiers.
  1. johnny c
    commented on: March 15, 2013 at 11:43 a.m.
    Wow! When we don't train it's a complaint, and when we do train it's to much. Please look at all other sports. My son plays high school football and trains 4 days a week and 1 game every week. The last thing his coach wants to hear is "I am exhausted from to much training". My other son plays soccer and trains twice a week and plays 1 game a week and parents complain, it's to much. Well do we love soccer or not? Do we want a strong national team? Then I say TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING... and please no excuses!

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