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The After Bar: Belgium 4 - USMNT 2

The United States mens's national team learned some hard lessons in their 4-2 loss to Belgium Wednesday night in Cleveland, Ohio. The Nats fell behind early only to snag one goal back through defender Geoff Cameron. The wheels came off in the second half as the U.S. defense gave up three goals in a fifteen minute period. Clint Dempsey's late penalty was the sole consolation of a poor second half. 

The USMNT faces Germany on Sunday in their Centennial match from Washinton, D.C. before resuming World Cup Qualifying on Friday June 7th against Jamaica.

Geoff Cameron Goal:

Clint Dempsey Goal:

Reaction:

 

Post-Match Quotes

Reaction and analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "U.S. defense exposed in ugly friendly loss to Belgium"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) -  "Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from the USMNT loss to Belgium"

Roger Bennett (ESPN) - "What we learned from the U.S. loss to Belgium"

Player Ratings:

Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated)

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Ives Galarcep (Soccer By Ives)

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