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USA-Belgium Gameday Guide
by Paul Kennedy, July 1st, 2014 12:37AM

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[BRAZIL 2014] The USA faces Belgium for the first time at the World Cup in 84 years when they meet Tuesday in Salvador (live on ESPN and Univision at 4 p.m. ET). The USA's 3-0 victory in its first-ever World Cup game is the only win over the Red Devils, who have captured the last four meetings. For our Gameday Guide.

Projected Lineups ...

Jurgen Klinsmann is expected to stick with the lineup that started against Germany except for Alejandro Bedoya back in the lineup in place of Brad Davis. Omar Gonzalez should keep his starting spot in place of Geoff Cameron. Jozy Altidore is available but not expected to start.

The biggest question mark in the Belgian lineup is whether Coach Marc Wilmots will start injured captain Vincent Kompany. Wilmots said the center back is a game-day decision. Steven Defour is suspended, Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out of the U.S. match, while Anthony Vanden Borre is out of the World Cup with a broken ankle.

USA -- Howard; Johnson, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman, Jones, Bedoya, Bradley, Zusi; Dempsey.
Belgium -- Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Lombaerts, Vertonghen, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Mertens, Hazard, Lukaku.

Referee

Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi will be working his third World Cup game after Netherlands-Australia and Costa Rica-England. He worked at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008, 2012 and 2013, where he did the final.

Odds ...

FiveThirtyEight has made Belgium a 59-41 percent favorite to beat the USA. Looking ahead? FiveThirtyEight gives the USA an 11 percent chance of making the semifinals, a 3 percent chance of advancing to the final and less than 1 percent chance of winning the World Cup.

USA-Belgium Countdown:
Ridge Mahoney: USA-Belgium Preview
Paul Kennedy: Three keys to USA-Belgium
Ridge Mahoney: Omar Gonzalez gets a big game under his belt
Paul Kennedy: Klinsmann unhappy with referee selection
Paul Kennedy: Belgians fret over Big Rom
Paul Kennedy: DaMarcus Beasley: 'I like being under the lights'
Paul Kennedy: The case for and against Belgium's Red Devils

Weather Report ...

After heavy rains leading up to the matches in the USA's other two trips to the Northeast of Brazil, against Ghana in Natal and Germany in Recife, there is only a 20 percent chance of rain ahead of the USA-Belgium match. The forecast is for temperatures in the low 80s but high humidity at kickoff (5 p.m. local time).

Salvador

Salvador, the capital of Bahia, is rich in history and culture. It's Brazil's original colonial capital and home to the biggest carnival in Brazil. The origins of samba music are traced to the music of the African slaves of Bahia in the 17th century, and its beaches make it the second biggest tourist destination in Brazil after Rio de Janeiro.

Arena Fonte Nova

The USA-Belgium match will be the fifth of six matches at the 52,048-seat Arena Fonte Nova, which will host Netherlands-Costa Rica on Saturday. It was built on the site of the Estadio Octavio Mangabeira, originally built in 1951 and condemned in 2010, and cost $270 million.

Rosters ...

USA
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/MEX), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg/GER), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/GER), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/TUR), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ/NED), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

Belgium
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Atl. Madrid/SPA), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool/ENG), Koen Casteels (Hoffenheim/GER).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Atl. Madrid/SPA), Lauren Ciman (Standard Liege), Vincent Kompany (Man. City/ENG), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St. Petersburg/RUS), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich/GER), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal/ENG), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham/ENG).
Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (Tottenham/ENG), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg/GER), *Steven Defour (Porto/POR), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham/ENG), Marouane Fellaini (Man. United/ENG), Axel Witsel (Zenit St. Petersburg/RUS).
Forwards: Eden Hazard (Chelsea/ENG), Adnan Januzaj (Man. United/ENG), Romelu Lukaku (Everton/ENG), Dries Mertens (Napoli/ITA), Kevin Mirallas (Everton/ENG), Divock Origi (Lille/FRA).
*Suspended for USA game.


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  1. Mark Hardt
    commented on: July 1, 2014 at 7:39 a.m.
    Start Yedlin


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