The final match of the World Cup Round of 16 is finally here and the USMNT will be taking on Belgium in what will likely be one of the most watched matches in the history of the country when the United States look to continue their strong World Cup with an upset over an undefeated Belgium team that took all nine points in their group.
Jürgen Klinsmann named his line up and it included one notable omission, midfielder Kyle Beckerman who will be replaced by Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron who played centreback for the USMNT during the group stages and will be replaced by Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez.
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Unluckily for the Americans, Manchester City star and Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled fit enough to play so he will remain in Belgium’s Starting XI this afternoon. Kompany has recently won two EPL titles with Manchester City and is the unquestioned leader of the back of Belgium’s defense, making his inclusion a key to the match.
Belgium also made a major move in keeping Chelsea FC striker Romelu Lukaku on the bench for 19 year old Origi who played for French Ligue 1 side Lille last season. Lukaku had a productive year on loan to Everton and is the much more accomplished of the two, meaning that he likely will be used as a second half impact substitute. Something that will give Klinsmann, who has his striker Jozy Alitdore on the bench as well, something to think about once Lukaku hits the pitch.
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