International friendly: United States 2 Belgium 4
By Football News
The United States were given a footballing lesson by emerging world power Belgium in Cleveland on Wednesday, going down 4-2.Strikers Kevin Mirallas, Marouane Fellaini and Christian Benteke took advantage of defensive mistakes to make it an ugly night for the hosts. Geoff Cameron and Clint Dempsey scored for the US.
It was the first time the Americans had conceded three or more goals in the past 12 months, when they were crushed 4-1 by Brazil.
The US will face the world's second-best team in Germany in Washington D.C. on Sunday followed by three World Cup qualifying matches.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann entered Cleveland with question marks surrounding his back four and he walked away without any answers after a shaky performance that included multiple mistakes that led to goals.
After striker Jozy Altidore failed to finish a golden opportunity from right in front of the visitors' net, Belgium went on the counterattack and capitalized on their first chance of the night.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard challenged Romelu Lukaku but the defence failed to clear the rebound, leaving Mirallas to chip the ball into the net.
However, Cameron would make up for his mistake moments later, with his first international goal.
The right back headed home the equaliser from a corner after Dempsey had headed the long corner back across the six-yard box.
The spotlight remained on the US before another costly mistake set the tone for the second half.
Despite being one of Klinsmann's most promising young players, Omar Gonzalez handed Belgium a gift after passing straight to Kevin De Bruyne, who crossed for Benteke to take the lead.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who had replaced Howard at halftime, had no chance of saving the Aston Villa striker's simple finish.
Eight minutes later and Belgium were 3-1 ahead when Fellaini headed in at the back post from Steven Defour.
Moments later, Defour found Benteke on the right with the striker easily beating Guzan.
Dempsey gave the US a late consolation from the penalty spot with his 33rd goal for the national team after Eddie Johnson had forced a handball.