USA vs. Belgium match predictions: Waffles and football, that's what Belgium does

Mike Hewitt

Belgium gives a lot of teams problems nowadays, and the U.S. figures to be next to fall victim to the Red Devils.

The last time the United States played in Cleveland, they played a meager Venezuela side. This time around, the city will be treated to one of the best young teams in Europe -- Belgium.

Belgium leads a very good Group A in UEFA World Cup qualifying with five wins and one draw in six matches, which isn't a surprise when you consider the team's absurd collection of talent. Even with Eden Hazard out through injury and Christian Benteke unlikely to play, the Belgians are still mighty powerful. It might get ugly for the U.S.

Ryan: The result doesn't really matter, which is good because although Belgium are missing a few of their best players, they are still better than the U.S. I'm more interested in seeing how a few individuals do -- Sacha Kljestan, Matt Besler and DaMarcus Beasley -- but the scoreboard still works and it will probably favor Belgium, 2-0.

Zach: It's friendly time again as the USMNT prepares for their latest round of World Cup qualifiers. This time it's a trip to the heart of rock n' roll in Cleveland -- man that always sounds odd -- and a match against Belgium. The US have injury issues and they're facing a Belgian side with the likes of Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini, Christian Benteke, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. ASSUME THE POSITION! I'm picking Belgium to win 4-0...even with Eden Hazard out injured.

Kevin: Belgium are really good. They don't have some of their best players and they'll be experimenting, but they're still better than us. 2-1 Belgium.

Phil: There's a lot of work to be done as we prep for the approaching important games. Belgium is a quality opponent to face in this buildup, and we must credit USSF for getting them on the schedule. However, we should question why they decided to put this game in a backwater town like Cleveland. Who thought that was the best place to put this friendly? Belgium brought a pretty impressive squad with them to the USA, and the match has the potential for some fun. Unfortunately for all of us, Jurgen Klinsmann still doesn't have a clue on how to properly get offense out of his team, so we shouldn't expect a high scoring friendly unless the Belgians REALLY don't care about the match. Defensively, we'll be pretty good as long as Omar Gonzalez, our best centerback since Eddie Pope, is back there. Sadly, the defense will be defending so much that they'll concede a couple of goals. I'll predict a 2-0 victory for the Belgians.

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