U.S. falls to Belgium in friendly

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Updated: 5/29/2013 10:07 pm

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - The United States men's national team kicked off a busy next month on Wednesday with a 4-2 friendly defeat against a strong Belgium side.

Kevin Mirallas scored early for the visitors, while Geoff Cameron canceled out the goal with one of his own midway through the first half for the Americans.

But the second 45 minutes belonged to Belgium as Christian Benteke scored twice along with one from Marouane Fellaini before Clint Dempsey pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard came off his line in the sixth minute to deny a chance for Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, only for the ball to be knocked into the path of Mirallas, who finished off the move with a clever chip over Howard's head.

The home side equalized from a corner kick as Dempsey nodded the ball back across the face of goal for Cameron to head home from inside the six-yard box.

Belgium grabbed the lead in the 56th minute when a poor touch from Omar Gonzalez handed the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who squared it to Benteke for a simple finish.

Fellaini made it 3-1 with a close-range header in the 65th and Benteke added his second of the game after being set up by Steven Defour.

Dempsey's penalty kick came 10 minutes from time, but it was little more than a consolation goal for the U.S., which will face Germany in another friendly on Sunday before meeting Jamaica next Friday in a World Cup qualifier.

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