World Cup: Geoff Cameron returns to USMNT starting XI vs. Belgium; Jozy Altidore, Kyle Beckerman on bench
Jurgen Klinsmann has tweaked his starting lineup yet again.
The US national team coach has brought ex-Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron back into the starting XI for Tuesday's Round of 16 clash against Belgium (4 pm ET, ESPN and Univision), but at the expense of Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman, with LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez retaining his place in the squad after a solid outing vs. Germany on Thursday.
Beckerman had played every minute of the USA's World Cup campaign to date, while Cameron was given a breather for the Germany match after a few costly miscues against Portugal.
"Every team has weaknesses and we try to find their weaknesses," Klinsmann told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap. "We have to be very physical. We have to win our 1-against-1 battles and keep the tempo high and hopefully not dropping too deep. That's what we did bad against Germany: dropping too deep and giving too much space away … We want to create our own chances, keep the tempo high and score goals."
How does the US plan to score goals with just one forward? Supporting Clint Dempsey a bit more:
"With Michael Bradley being higher up closer to him and also both wingers Alejandro Bedoya and Graham Zusi, coming up and supporting him but shifting the entire team higher up the field and giving him more support."
Meanwhile, Jozy Altidore is back in uniform, but he won't appear in the starting lineup.
Altidore limped out of the USA's first World Cup match, a 2-1 victory over Ghana, with a hamstring injury and missed their subsequent matches against Portugal and Ghana. But he's recovered quickly enough to be included in the gameday roster against Belgium.
"If he comes on and how many minutes he gets to play that remains to be seen but we're thrilled he's back with the team," Klinsmann told ESPN.
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