The biggest game in recent history for soccer in the United States is upon us this afternoon, as the US Men’s National Team will take on Belgium today in Salvador, Brazil in the Round of 16. These two team have met one in World Cup play, and that was the opening match of the very first World Cup back in 1930, when the USA won 3-0.
Times are very different, obviously, and this Belgium team was considered by many to be a dark horse team in this tournament with it’s mix is young, talented stars ready ot break though on the world’s biggest stage.
With a spot in the quarterfinals on the line, here’s how are teams will lineup at kick-off:
United States starting lineup (4-2-3-1, but USSF says it’s a 4-3-3): Tim Howard; DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson; Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones; Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi; Clint Dempsey
Belgium starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Daniel van Buyten, Toby Alderweireld; Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini; Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Dries Mertens; Divock Origi
Jozy Altidore isn’t starting today’s game, which isn’t really a surprise. The USSF announced that other day that he was cleared to play today, but we don’t really know exactly how ready he is after leaving about 18 minute into the US’ opening World Cup game against Ghana. He’ll be available as a sub if needed.
One of the more surprising moves, though, is Geoff Cameron in for Kyle Beckerman, who was having a very good World Cup in the midfield for Jurgen Klinsmann. The Real Salk Lake midfielder fought his way onto the 23-man roster, then into the Starting XI. Another midfield move, Alejandro Bedoya is back in the lineup for Brad Davis, who started in Bedoya’s place for the Germany game.
Let’s say it together now: I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!