The USA soccer team will compete in their third match in the Jurgen Klinsmann era in an International friendly against Belgium on Tuesday, September 6th. Before this match, the US will battle Costa Rica on Friday, September 2nd.
These matches take on an air of greater importance than would the typical friendly due to Klinsmann's presence. This is a transition time for US soccer as Klinsmann is finding his own way to utilize the talent on the roster and changing the roster altogether.
Klinsmann just called up D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius and Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector. These two talents will take the place of injured defenders Zach Loyd (FC Dallas) and Heath Pearce (Chivas USA).
With a solid showing and a good impression on Klinsmann, both Pontius and Spector could make their stay with national team more permanent than temporary.
This is an especially big opportunity for the 24-year-old Pontius. This will be his first appearance for the national team on any level.
However, the most intriguing aspect of this match will be the use of Clint Dempsey. This is scheduled to be Dempsey's first match under Klinsmann. He is receiving treatment for back spasms and will miss the match against Costa Rica.
There is a chance that Dempsey will begin to transition from his usual right wing spot in favor of a central playmaking role.
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