Result against Belgium matters less than individual U.S. performances
Four thoughts heading into the U.S.'s friendly at Belgium on Tuesday (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN3.com):
Howard didn't have a lot to do on Friday, but he did make some good saves, including one monster stop on Costa Rica's scoring sequence. He obviously knows Fellaini well from Everton.
If Cherundolo is in camp we'll probably see him in place of Timmy Chandler at right back. I'd be surprised if Goodson went two games without seeing time in the center, though it's possible Michael Orozco Fiscal could start again. And while Castillo struggled again on Friday, there aren't any obvious candidates to take his place (Jonathan Spector maybe?).
The Salt Lake midfielder had a good performance starting in this spot against Mexico last month, which makes me think he'll get another shot. So far Klinsmann has gone with one holding midfielder in both games. Another possibility: Maurice Edu.
Will Dempsey play centrally or on the flank? Hard to say, but I think the Brussels-based Kljestan will get a start here, and he has been used so far in a central position.
Whether you call the U.S.'s alignment a 4-3-3 or a 4-1-4-1 (as I do), Altidore figures to get the start again. Can he perform as a lone center forward, or is he better suited to pairing up?
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