By IVES GALARCEP
The U.S. Men’s National team will face a very busy summer, with World Cup qualifiers in June and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. Now the team has set-up the first tough warm-up test leading up to that busy week.
U.S. Soccer made official the long-rumored friendly against Belgium on Thursday. The Americans will take on the Belgians on May 29th in Cleveland.
“Belgium is definitely a team on the rise,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “If you look at their roster, they have quality players from top to bottom who are on some of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a big opportunity for us and a great way to start the summer as we prepare for the World Cup qualifiers.”
The match will the first of a long stretch of matches that will also likely include a friendly vs. Germany in the same week, and then three World Cup qualifiers in June.
The friendly is a rematch of a 1-0 Belgium win over the U.S. in Brussels on Sept. 6th, 2011, Jurgen Klinsmann’s third match as U.S. head coach.