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  • May 29, 2013
  • • 8:11 PM
  • • FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Referee: J. Solis
  • • Attendance: 27720

Live Commentary

  • And that's it. The game lived up to the expectations as Belgium is clearly a class above the U.S. in talent. Didn't help that the Stars and Stripes were missing several key defenders and Michael Bradley, who would have made a big difference. This is Alex Labidou (@SportsLab), feel free to tweet at me to talk about the game.
  • 90' + 2'
    Fans are clearing to the exits as the game is coming to a close.
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Jones
  • 90'
    Somewhere a U.S. fan is having a shot, Jones receives a yellow card in the 90th minute for a careless tackle.
  • 88'
    Beasley had a chance there for the U.S. but runs out of bounds trying to catch up to the ball.
  • 86'
    After looking inept on offense during the first 35 minutes in the second half, the U.S. has looked much more active and could score another goal.
  • 85'
    Benteke calls for a penalty after he believes he's been fouled by Besler but gets nothing from the referees.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionRomelu Lukaku Thorgan Hazard
  • 81'
    SubstitutionSacha Kljestan Stuart Holden
  • 80'
    Penalty Goal Clint Dempsey
  • 80'
    Great moment as Stuart Holden makes his first appearance for the U.S. since 2010. That was immediately followed by a choke as the U.S. had an easy chance to score in the box.
  • 79'
    GOAL!! Dempsey scores on the spot kick. Good take as Mignolet picked the right direction to jump towards.
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Timmy Simons
  • 78'
    The U.S. gets a lucky break as Alderweireld gives up a penalty off of a hand ball.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionSteven Defour Timmy Simons
  • 76'
    Announced attendance is 27,712. Good showing in Cleveland considering the city isn't a soccer town and the Indians are playing.
  • 73'
    The U.S. has only managed one shot since the start of the half. Belgium has managed five, four on target.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionVincent Kompany Guillaume Gillet
  • 71'
    Assist Steven Defour
  • 71'
    Goal Christian Benteke
  • 70'
    Benteke's second goal of the night puts Belgium up four.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionGraham Zusi Brad Evans
  • 69'
    SubstitutionC. Goodson Matt Besler
  • 68'
    SubstitutionKevin De Bruyne Dries Mertens
  • 68'
    Zusi is coming out for Brad Evans, one of the U.S.'s few bright spots in the match. Goodson is coming out for Besler, struggled throughout.
  • 66'
    Good goalkeeping from Mignolet, who leaps up to grab Zusi's dangerous corner.
  • 64'
    Assist Kevin De Bruyne
  • 64'
    Goal Marouane Fellaini
  • 64'
    Fellani pads Belgium's lead with a third goal. Great cross in the box meets the Belgian's fro and he nods the ball in past Guzan.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionBrad Davis Terrence Boyd
  • 62'
    Klinsmann adds more firepower as he subs out Brad Davis for Terrence Boyd. Immediately after, Belgium almost gets its third goal as Lukaku sees his shot saved by Guzan.
  • 60'
    The U.S. is attempting to get back into the game but there's no plan on offense. A lot of long balls which Klinsmann absolutely despises.
  • 56'
    Assist Kevin De Bruyne
  • 56'
    Goal Christian Benteke
  • 56'
    Benteke gets one in!!!! I called it a few moments ago, Belgium's ball movement has been superb.
  • 54'
    Belgium's confidence is clearly growing out there. Lukaku is dribbling past U.S. defenders at will. Wouldn't be surprising if the team scores soon.
  • 50'
    Blown chance by Johnson as he fails to get a touch on a brilliant pass in the box.
  • 48'
    The 100 cap man, Beasley, sets up corner for the U.S.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJozy Altidore Eddie Johnson
  • 46'
    SubstitutionTim Howard Bradley Guzan
  • 45'
    Second half kicks off, Belgium has the ball.
  • Eddie Johnson for Altidore, Brad Guzan for Tim Howard.
  • Halftime is here. So far the U.S. has played better than expected considering that several starters are out. The odds are still against the team but a draw would be a very good result for the Stars and Stripes.
  • 42'
    Tim Howard is hard at work tonight, he's made three crucial saves already and its not halftime yet.
  • 41'
    SubstitutionMousa Dembele Christian Benteke
  • 40'
    Belgium needed some heroics from Mignolet there as the US had two players unmarked from a counter attack. The keeper runs out to midfield and kicks the ball away.
  • 38'
    Altidore throws up his hands in frustration after not getting a foul called in his direction just outside of the box.
  • 36'
    SubstitutionThomas Vermaelen Sebastien Pocognoli
  • 34'
    What a block by Vertonghen there! Dempsey had a open look at the goal from 20 yards out and the center back jumped in front of his shot.
  • 29'
    After largely playing counter attack in the opening 30 minutes, Belgium is starting to build possession from the back. Trying to get another goal in before halftime.
  • 26'
    Lukaku's beats Howard and scores but is called offside. He had an amazing first touch on the goal, receiving the ball on his backheel.
  • 24'
    Cameron scored his first goal for the Stars and Stripes.
  • 23'
    Another U.S. goal that involves Dempsey. Unofficial stat: He's responsible for at least 65 percent of the U.S.'s scoring this year.
  • 22'
    Assist Clint Dempsey
  • 22'
    Goal Geoff Cameron
  • 22'
    GOALL!!!! The U.S. levels with Belgium. Dempsey aims for the far post and Cameron scores off of a header. Good corner by Zusi.
  • 20'
    Jones been one of the U.S.'s bright spots to start. Tenacious and bringing some consistent energy in the opening 20 minutes.
  • 19'
    Brad Davis attempts to find a wide open Altidore but his pass sails just out of bounds.
  • 12'
    Despite having a poor start, the U.S. are actually leading on possession with 52 percent of the ball. Belgium has been playing counter attack very effectively.
  • 10'
    The patchwork U.S. lineup is playing as expected. Poor passing, lacking communication on defense. Jurgen Klinsmann will have to field some questions for deciding to pick Goodson and Davis over Besler and Gomez.
  • 6'
    Goal Kevin Mirallas
  • 6'
    Crazy sequence of events see Belgium score its first goal. Altidore had a chance right in front of goal but couldn't find the right touch on the ball and on a counter, Mirallas burned the U.S.. The winger beat Cameron and Gonzalez leaving Howard exposed. There was also a poor clearance by Goodson on the play.
  • 4'
    Mirallas is at it again, slicing past three defenders and forcing a corner after getting into the box. Howard is playing two teammates in Fellaini and Mirallas.
  • 3'
    Tim Howard almost makes a mistake as he dribbled the ball too long before kicking it out. Mirallas came close to pickpocketing him.
  • Kick off!!! The U.S. has the ball to start the match.
  • Beasley is getting his medal for reaching 100th caps.
  • Players from both teams are walking out of the tunnel.
  • The fans are giving the U.S. a loud round of applause as the starting lineups are being announced on the PA.
  • Beasley is the 13th U.S. player to earn 100 caps.
  • This will be Belgium's first-ever game in the United States. The teams most recently met in a friendly in Brussels on Sep. 6, 2011, which Belgium won 1-0.
  • For Belgium; Mignolet, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Kompany, Vertonghen, Fellaini, Defour, Dembele, Mirallas, De Bruyne, Lukaku.
  • For the U.S.: Howard, Beasley (100th cap), Gonzalez, Goodson, Cameron, Jones, Kljestan, Zusi, Davis, Dempsey(captain), Altidore
  • Here are the lineups for today's match.
  • Looks like the expected 22,000 fans are still looking for their seats. Plenty of orange seats still empty.
  • Hello readers, welcome to our LIVE commentary of tonight's match between the United States and Belgium. This is Alex Labidou (@SportsLab) providing my insight direct from Cleveland's First Energy stadium. Feel free to tweet at me if you have any questions or feedback.