USMNT vs. Belgium: Comparing Current Packers to US Soccer Players

Kevin C. Cox

With the Americans playing the Belgians at the World Cup, we decided to have a little fun and see which US soccer players best compare to some of the Packers' key players.

With the United States' men's soccer team taking on Belgium in the round of 16 at this year's World Cup, we have seen an outpouring of support for soccer from Green Bay Packers players on Twitter. Aaron Rodgers, for example, has been vocal in his support, as has kicker Mason Crosby (see here).

With the Packers' support of the USA in mind, we decided to take a look at who certain Packers best compare to on the US Men's National Team. Let us know what you think below, and feel free to use this as your open thread for today's game against Belgium, which kicks off at 3 PM Central.

Aaron Rodgers: midfielder Michael Bradley

This is the most obvious comparison we can make. Bradley is the key to the American offense, distributing the ball and relying on his intelligence and quick decisions to lead the attack. He's also the closest thing to a superstar that the US team has. Sense a similarity here?

Jordy Nelson: forward Clint Dempsey

One of Bradley's favorite targets is Dempsey, who is as tough as they come and has a knack for scoring in big, pressure situations. Sound like anybody else you know?

Randall Cobb: forward Jozy Altidore

Athletic, fast, and physical, Altidore is the most dangerous scorer on the US squad. In this World Cup, he's returning from an injury just in time to play a key role in the elimination game against Belgium. Hopefully he will find some of the magic that punctuated Cobb's return to the Packers' lineup in Week 17 last season.

Eddie Lacy: midfielder Jermaine Jones

Dreadlocks aside, Jones and Lacy are somewhat similar. They're among the hardest-working players on the team on the field - Lacy takes a lot of carries in tough running situations, and Jones is all over the field, whether with or without the ball. Then suddenly they strike - Lacy with a big run or spin move and Jones with a huge goal from outside the penalty area.

Sam Shields: defender DaMarcus Beasley

For his senior year of college at Miami, Shields was moved from wide receiver to cornerback because the team needed him on defense. Beasley has done much the same thing, moving back from midfielder to defense in order to continue playing on USMNT and because the left back was a position which desperately needed some help.

Mike Daniels: goalkeeper Tim Howard

Howard is a vocal leader, and Mike Daniels has made it clear in interviews recently that he believes that is his role on the Packers' defense as well. Daniels isn't exactly the last line of defense, but the Packers don't have a true leader at safety (if this were a few years ago, Charles Woodson would have been an obvious choice for this comparison).

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