International Friendly Preview: USA - Canada
The U.S. national team faces its neighbor to the north in the final tune-up before Hexagonal play begins.
By Seth Vertelney
|USA (4-2-3-1): Hall; Morrow, Besler, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza; Evans, Beckerman; Davis, Diskerud, Zusi; Johnson||
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (8): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
|Canada (4-4-2): Thomas; Henry, Attakora, Jakovic, Morgan; Ledgerwood, Dunfield, Bekker, Teibert; De Rosario, Ricketts.|
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lars Hirschfeld (Vålerenga/NOR), Roberto Stillo (Genoa/ITA), Simon Thomas (Unattached)
DEFENDERS (6): Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC/CAN), Nana Attakora (FC Haka/FIN), Dejan Jaković (D.C. United/USA), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC/CAN), Mason Trafford (IFK Mariehamn/FIN), Andrés Fresenga (Racing Club de Montevideo/URU)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby/SWE), Philippe Davies (Richmond Kickers/USA), Terry Dunfield (Toronto FC/CAN), Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC/CAN), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps/CAN), Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault (Unattached), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United/USA), Matt Stinson (Toronto FC/CAN), Emmanuel Gomez (Club Atletico Griffa/ARG)
FORWARDS (4): Evan James (Unattached), Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes Ulf/NOR), Frank Jonke (FF Jaro/FIN), Kyle Porter (FC Edmonton/CAN)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The USA and Canada have met in each of the last two years, with the USA winning a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in 2011 by a 2-0 scoreline and the two playing to a 0-0 draw in Toronto in June 2012.
- With a young, inexperienced roster, Canada was soundly defeated 4-0 by Denmark in a friendly on Saturday. Andreas Cornelius scored a hat trick for the Danes.
- This will be the final match for the USA before it begins Hexagonal play on the road against Honduras on Feb. 6.
Eddie Johnson leads the USA roster in both caps and international goals. The veteran has scored 14 goals in his 44 appearances for the national team.
- With an average age of just under 25, this is the youngest Canadian team to be assembled since May 2006.
- Seven USA players are looking to get their first cap: Tony Beltran, Matt Besler, Will Bruin, Tally Hall, Connor Lade, Alfredo Morales and Justin Morrow.
- San Jose Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour and Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle were in camp for the USA, but both had to depart with injuries
Top 3 Predictions
USA 2-0 Canada
- 15.73 %
USA 3-1 Canada
- 15.17 %
USA 2-1 Canada
- 13.48 %
|International Friendlies (FR)||Jan 29, 2013||USA 0 - Canada 0|
|International Friendlies (FR)||Jun 3, 2012||Canada 0 - USA 0|
|Gold Cup (GC)||Jun 7, 2011||USA 2 - Canada 0|
|Mar 5, 2014||Ukraine 2 - USA 0||FR|
|Feb 1, 2014||USA 2 - South Korea 0||FR|
|Nov 19, 2013||Austria 1 - USA 0||FR|
|Nov 15, 2013||Scotland 0 - USA 0||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Panama 2 - USA 3||WCQN|
|-||Joshua Alexander Gatt|
|14||Dwayne De Rosario||Midfielder|
|-||Roberto Bruno Stillo|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed