USMNT to face Belgium in closed-door World Cup tune-up in Brazil

USMNT to face Belgium in closed-door World Cup tune-up in Brazil

U.S. Men's National Team

USMNT to face Belgium in closed-door World Cup tune-up in Brazil

Clint Dempsey

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men’s National Team will have one final warm-up game before facing Ghana in the World Cup on June 16.

As first reported by a number of outlets on Thursday and confirmed on Friday on FIFA’s website, the USMNT will take on Belgium in a closed-door friendly match on June 12 on the training grounds of Sao Paulo FC, where the USMNT are based during the World Cup.

“It will be a kind of training session for each side,” a spokesperson for the Belgian football federation said.

A spokesperson for U.S. Soccer confirmed the news but said because of the closed-door nature of the friendly, the score will not be reported.

The USMNT and Belgium have faced each other twice in the last three years. Belgium hosted the U.S. in a 1-0 victory for the Red Devils on September 6, 2011, and the USMNT fell to Belgium, 4-2, in Cleveland, Ohio on May 29, 2013.

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