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U.S. Set for European Friendly against Belgium

U.S. Set for European Friendly against Belgium

The U.S. Men’s National Team plays its first game in Europe in more than a year when it faces Belgium at King Baudouin Stadium on Tuesday. The USA continues to search for a first win under Jurgen Klinsmann and takes on a Belgium team stocked with players plying their trade around some of the biggest leagues in Europe. Kickoff in Brussels is slated for 2:30 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN3.com.


Jurgen Klinsmann record as head coach of the USA  Men’s National Team is 0-1-1 with 1 goal for and 2 goals against. Can he get win in Belgium? PHOTO Howard C. Smith / isiphotos.com

Jurgen Klinsmann record as head coach of the USA Men’s National Team is 0-1-1 with 1 goal for and 2 goals against. Can he get his first win in Belgium? PHOTO Howard C. Smith / isiphotos.com

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Belgium
International Friendly
Sept. 5, 2011
King Baudouin Stadium; Brussels, Belgium

EUROTRIP: The U.S. Men’s National Team plays its first game in Europe in more than a year when it faces Belgium at King Baudouin Stadium on Tuesday. The USA continues to search for a first win under Jurgen Klinsmann and takes on a Belgium team stocked with players plying their trade around some of the biggest leagues in Europe. Kickoff in Brussels is slated for 2:30 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.


GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)


  • Kyle Beckerman, Steve Cherundolo and Clint Dempsey joined the team in Brussels. Teal Bunbury, Landon Donovan, Fabian Johnson and Chris Pontius returned to their clubs following the match against Costa Rica. 
  • Ten players on the roster play professionally in Europe, while three more play in Mexico. Seven play in MLS. 
  • Ten of the starters in the Sept. 2 match against Costa Rica have journeyed to Belgium, with Donovan the only starter not to travel. 
  • Five players in the squad could make their first appearance for the USA outside of North America. Timmy Chandler, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Bill Hamid, Jeff Larentowicz and Brek Shea have never featured for the U.S. MNT on another continent. 
  • Clint Dempsey could make his debut under Jurgen Klinsmann. 
  • Dempsey leads all U.S. scorers with 22 career goals. Carlos Bocanegra is next with 12. 
  • Two teams contribute two players to the U.S. roster. Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream join from the Red Bulls, and Bocanegra and Maurice Edu come from Rangers. 
  • Shea is currently in third place in scoring in MLS this season behind Donovan and Thierry Henry. The 21-year-old has netted nine goals in 22 games. 
  • Agudelo became the first alumnus of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to play and score for the full team when he tallied the game-winner on Nov. 17, 2010, against South Africa. 
  • Chandler is part of a U.S. squad for the second time, having earned caps against Argentina and Paraguay in March but missing out on the Gold Cup and the August game against Mexico. Chandler earned his third cap against Costa Rica on Friday. 
  • Hamid is the only player on the roster who can earn his first cap against Belgium. 
  • Hamid was the first D.C. United player signed from their Academy system. The goalkeeper penned a contract with the full team in 2009. 
  • Dempsey and Larentowicz were teammates at the New England Revolution from 2005-06, and have seen each other in this camp for the first time since then.


  • Clint Dempsey is the USA’s fifth all-time scoring leader with 22 goals. 
  • Carlos Bocanegra has 12 career goals, one shy of the record for a U.S. defender currently held by Marcelo Balboa. 
  • Bocanegra is just five games shy of reaching 100 caps. 
  • Tim Howard is moving up the goalkeeper record charts, and with 36 wins he is third all-time and one behind Tony Meola. With 24 shutouts he is in tied with Brad Friedel in third place.


  • This is the USA’s first game in Europe since the 2-1 loss to the Netherlands on March 3, 2010, in Amsterdam. 
  • Seven players on the current roster played in that game, with Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Jose Torres and Jozy Altidore getting the start. Maurice Edu and Clarence Goodson came on as substitutes. 
  • The U.S. record against teams from UEFA stands at 44-85-33 with 172 GF and 317 GA. 
  • The U.S. record when playing in Europe is 15-52-8 with 66 GF and 175 GA. 
  • The USA’s last win in Europe came in 2008 in a dominant 3-0 win against Poland in Krakow. Four starters from that game are on the current roster: Bocanegra (scorer of the team’s winning goal), Steve Cherundolo, Clint Dempsey and Howard. Jonathan Spector came on as a sub.


Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is preparing for his second camp in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Below are some of his past accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Klinsmann is the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team program. 
  • Klinsmann’s record as head coach of the Men’s National Team is 0-1-1 with 1 goal for and 2 goals against. 
  • As a player, Klinsmann was one of the game’s premier forwards and enjoyed a 17-year career that included stints in four major European leagues for a number of clubs, including VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich. 
  • One of the most well-known international players of all-time, he earned 108 appearances for Germany and scored 47 goals while helping the team win the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship. 
  • Named manager of the German National Team in 2004, he guided Germany to a 20-8-6 record and a third place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, earning him Coach of the Year honors in Germany. 
  • Klinsmann melded young players with proven veterans and emphasized fitness and an aggressive, attacking style of play. Despite stepping aside as Germany’s manager after the World Cup, he left a foundation for ongoing success, including the core of the German National Team coaching staff and players. 
  • In July of 2008, Klinsmann became the head coach of his old club, Bayern Munich where he aided in the design of a new player development and performance center. Bayern reached the quarterfinal of the Champions League that year, going 25-9-9 in all competitions under Klinsmann.

KLINSMANN’S COACHES: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann mentioned in his opening press conference he is planning on bringing in a variety of different coaches for the next few months before settling on his future staff. Here’s a brief intro to the current crew:

Martin Vasquez
Vasquez re-unites with Klinsmann after serving as an assistant coach at Bayern Munich. Currently he is the head coach and Director of Soccer Operations for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-16 and U-18 teams of the Real Salt Lake AZ Academy. One of only two players to represent both the United States and Mexico at the international level, he was the head coach of Chivas USA in 2010.

Thomas Dooley
A former U.S. captain and National Soccer Hall of Fame member who played in two World Cups and competed against Klinsmann in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, the German-American had a long professional career that included a Bundesliga and German Cup title with Kaiserslautern and a UEFA Cup title with Schalke 04. A member of the MLS Best XI as part of the Columbus Crew in 1997 and 1998, he went on to coach FC Saarbrucken in Germany before returning to the United States where he was part of the coaching staff for Pateadores that just captured the 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 championship.

Tab Ramos
Born in Uruguay, the legendary midfielder for the U.S. National Team played in three World Cups en route to earning 81 caps for the United States. Known for his flair and creativity on the ball, the Hall of Famer played professionally in Spain and Mexico before becoming the first ever signing for Major League Soccer, where he spent six seasons with the MetroStars in New York. Ramos founded NJSA 04, a club which is a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

In addition to the coaches, Klinsmann has brought into camp U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna to be part of the synergy between the full national team and the youth programs.


  • This match will be the fourth match between the USA and Belgium, and the first since 1998. 
  • The USA’s current record against Belgium is 1-2-0. 
  • This will be the third consecutive meeting between the two teams taking place in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. The USA lost the previous two meetings (1995, 1998). 
  • The sole U.S. win against Belgium also came in the teams’ only meeting in official competition. In the teams’ first match of the 1930 FIFA World Cup (and the first World Cup match in each team’s history) the USA defeated Belgium 3-0 in Montevideo, Uruguay. 
  • The USA has scored three goals against Belgium while allowing three. 
  • This is the first friendly between the teams since Feb. 25, 1998, a 2-0 win for Belgium behind two goals from Nico Van Kerckhoven. U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and current MNT Staff member Claudio Reyna played 90 minutes for the USA in that game.

Koninklijke Belgische Voetbalbond (KBVB)
Founded: 1895 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Georges Leekens
Best World Cup Finish: Fourth Place, 1986
Best UEFA European Championship Finish: Second Place, 1980
Caps Leader: Jan Ceulemans (96)
Top Scorer: Bernard Voorhoof and Paul van Himst (30)
Key Players: Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Timmy Simons


  • Belgium is on the outside looking in for a spot at Euro 2012. They currently sit in third place, one point behind second-placed Turkey and 12 points behind group-winners Germany. Belgium has two games remaining while Turkey has three, meaning Guus Hiddink’s team will have to stumble for Belgium to have any chance of earning a playoff spot. 
  • A tie undid Belgium in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sept. 2 in Euro qualifying. Belgium took the lead through Timmy Simons but the hosts fought back and secured a late equalizer to split the points. 
  • Belgium qualified for six straight FIFA World Cups from 1980 to 2002, progressing out of the group stage in five of those tournaments. Their appearance in Korea/Japan nine years ago was their most recent in a major competition, and they missed out on the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups as well as Euro 2004 and 2008. 
  • Belgium earned a Gold Medal at the Olympics in 1920, and in the most recent tournament in Beijing took fourth place.

Belgium Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid), Jean-François Gillet (Bologne), Simon Mignolet (Sunderland)
DEFENDERS (6): Toby Alderweireld (Ajax), Laurent Ciman (Standard), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit Saint-Petersbourg), Denis Odoi (Anderlecht), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Marouane Fellaini (Everton), Eden Hazard (Lille), David Hubert (Genk), Dries Mertens (PSV), Vadis Odjidja Ofoé (FC Bruges), Timmy Simons (Nurnberg), Jelle Van Damme (Standard), Axel Witsel (Benfica)
FORWARDS (5): Igor De Camargo (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Moussa Dembele (Fulham), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Marvin Ogunjimi (Genk), Jelle Vossen (Genk)


  • Belgium’s squad has four players who are current teammates of U.S. players on the squad for Tuesday’s game. Marouane Fellaini and Tim Howard are teammates at Everton in the Premier League, while Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey both call Craven Cottage home at Fulham. In Germany, Timmy Chandler is teammates with Belgian veteran Timmy Simons at Nurnberg. Sacha Kljestan plays for Anderlecht in the Belgian top flight and on Tuesday could line up opposite club teammate Denis Odoi. 
  • Much of the Belgium roster plays abroad, with just five players making their home in the Belgium league. Of the stars abroad, Romelu Lukaku recently made a big money move to Chelsea while Eden Hazard is the reigning UNFP Player of the Year in France with Lille.

FIFA FAIR PLAY DAYS: FIFA is holding its 15th annual FIFA Fair Play Days during the official match days from Sept. 2-6, 2011. The U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati appeal to players, referees, fans and officials throughout the United States to help praise and promote the spirit of fair play on FIFA Fair Play Days.

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On the field for USA …
Sept. 2, 2011 – The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif. – International Friendly
USA vs Costa Rica 0-1
Rodney Wallace 65

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Timmy Chandler, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 3-Edgar Castillo; 6-Maurice Edu, 10-Landon Donovan, 8-Jose Torres; 7-Robbie Rogers (16-Sacha Kljestan, 66), 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo , 63), 11-Brek Shea
Subs not used: 12-Bill Hamid, 13-Clarence Goodson, 14-Jonathan Spector, 15-Jeff Larentowicz, 17-Tim Ream
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

Costa Rica 1-Keylor Navas; 19-Carlos Johnson (3-Jose Salvatierra, 82), 4-Michael Umaña, 20-Jhonny Acosta, 15-Roy Miller; 17-Josue Martínez (22-Daniel Colindres, 46), 11-Michael Barrantes (5-Jose Mena, 87), 14-Randall Azofeifa (capt.), 25-Álvaro Sanchez (16-Kareem Mclean, 79); 9-Alvaro Saborio 10-Randall Brenes (12-Rodney Wallace, 61)
Subs not used: 18-Leonel Moreira, 23-Danny Carvajal; 6-Christopher Meneses, 2-Roy Smith, 24-Allen Guevara, 8-David Guzmán, 21-Winston Parks
Head coach: Ronald Gonzalez

On the field for Belgium
Sept. 2, 2011 – Tofik Bakhramov – Baku, Azerbaijan – Euro 2012 Qualifying – Group A
Azerbaijan vs Belgium 1-1 
1-0   Rauf Aliyev 85
1-1    Timmy Simons (pk) 55

AZERBAIJAN: 1-Kamran Arhayev; 4-Mahir Shukurov, 5-Elnur Allahverdiyev, 7-Vagif Javadov, 8-Aleksandr Chertoganov (10-Branimir Subasic, 83), 11-Rauf Aliyev, 13-Vurgun Huseynov, 14-Rashad F. Sadygov (capt.), 15-Ruslan Abisov (19-Rahid Amirguliyev, 63), 16-Agil Nabiyev, 22-Afran Ismayilov (21-Elshan Mammadov, 58)
Subs not used: 23-Andriy Popovich, 2-Rail Melikov, 3-Sasa Yunisoglu, 6-Rashad A. Sadygov
Head coach: Berti Vogts

BELGIUM: 1-Simon Mignolet; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 3-Jan Vertonghen, 4-Vincent Kompany (capt.), 5-Nicolas Lombaerts, 6-Timmy Simons, 7-Eden Hazard, 8-Marouane Fellaini, 9-Romelu Lukaku (14-Igor De Camargo, 61), 10-Axel Witsel, 11-Dries Mertens
Subs not used: 12-Jean-Francois Gillet, 13-Laurent Ciman, 15-David Hubert, 17-Jelle Vossen, 19-Vadis Odjidja, 20-Jelle Van Damme
Head coach: Georges Leekens

Against Belgium …
Feb. 25, 1998 – King Baudouin Stadium – Brussels, Belgium – International Friendly
Belgium vs USA 2-0
Nico Van Kerckhoven 23, 54 

BELGIUM: Filip de Wilde; Eric Deflandre, Lorenzo Staelens, Gordan Vidovic, Philippe Leonard (Vital Borkelmans 69), Franky Van der Elst (Emanuel Karagiannis, 55), Marc Wilmots (Johan Walem, 46), Lokonda Mpenza (Gert Verheyen, 55), Luc Nilis (Bob Peeters, 84), Danny Boffin, Nico Van Kerckhoven
Head Coach: Georges Leekens

USA: Kasey Keller, Mike Burns, Alexi Lalas, Marcelo Balboa, Jeff Agoos, Earnie Stewart, John Harkes, Claudio Reyna, Cobi Jones (Chris Henderson, 64), Roy Lassiter (Preki Radosavljevic, 57), Eric Wynalda (Brian McBride, 64)
Head Coach: Steve Sampson

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