USA Pregame Primer: My reaction to the #USA and #BEL Lineups

By, Kyle Gibson

USA Lineup

Howard; Johnson, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Cameron, Bradley, Jones; Zusi, Dempsey (c), Bedoya

I’m very confused that Kyle Beckerman has not been included for this game. Perhaps Jurgen Klinsmann is afraid of the Premier League pace Belgium has, but Beckerman has played very well so far in my opinion. His replacement, Geoff Cameron, hasn’t.

I’m pleased to see Alejandro Bedoya back in the starting 11. The Brad David experiment from the Germany game didn’t work. However, that dynamite Davis left foot could find its way into the game for the second half.

It will also be interesting to see if Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones have switched spots, as they did in the second half of the Germany match for long stretches. Bradley hasn’t looked happy in the attacking role he switched to before the tournament.

Belgium Lineup:

Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Mertens, Origi, Hazard

The first glaring thing I see in this lineup is that Vincent Kompany is in fact healthy enough to start. Great for Belgium, bad for the US.

Fabian Johnson will have his biggest test of the World Cup so far, with Eden Hazard attacking down the left wing. Cameron will have to make sure to help in every available moment.

Divock Origi is somewhat of a shock to lead the Belgian line, after all he is only 19. However, Origi scored the game winner against Russia, more than Romelu Lukaku has contributed.

Something Big To Watch: Marc Wilmots, the Belgian manager, has been sensational with substitutions so far this tournament. Subs have scored 3 of the 4 Belgian goals this World Cup. Today, Wilmots  can bring quality strikers Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas off the bench with fresh legs. Yikes.

The chess match is well underway and as of this post we are an hour from Kickoff.

 

 

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