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US boss Klinsmann not taking Belize for granted

Juergen Klinsmann knows his USA side will have to do a lot of work to successfully navigate their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.

The US are set to take on FIFA's 130th ranked team Belize in Portland on Tuesday night but Klinsmann is not expecting an easy outing.

"I'll be expecting a difficult game. It's a Belize side that's highly enthusiastic and motivated to play their game in the Gold Cup," he said.

"They are thrilled that they made it through. They made it through because they deserved it. We watched all their Copa Centroamericana and they made their results.

"They're a very defensive Belize team which makes it difficult for us to break them down, and it's going to be a lot of work ahead of us. We have to move the ball out quickly, we have to pressure them high up, keep the tempo very high and do all those elements we worked on in the Guatemala friendly the other day. We respect them a lot. They tied Guatemala a couple weeks ago 0-0, it took Honduras in their game in January I don't know how long to break them down, and therefore it will take a lot of work to break them down, and our guys are aware of that."

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Andrew Slevison
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