The US Men’s National team took on Canada in their second international friendly game of the year, improving their record to 2-0 with a 1-0 win last night. The US are coming off a 3-2 win against Iceland last Sunday with goals from Michael Orozco, Jozy Altidore and Steve Birnbaumin.
The US had a lot of chances in the match but were unable to succeed due to the Canadians compact defense and solid goalkeeping. In the early minutes of the first half, in the sixteenth minute Altidore, received a splitting through ball from Gyasi Zardes and curled the ball around the Canada Goalie, Maime Crepeau. The ball hit the post once and came back and hit the Crepeau in the back and then hit the post for a second time before Crepeau was able to collect the ball. Then in twenty-fifth minute Michael Bradley served in a corner kick that found the powerful head of Steven Birnbaumi, that he put it to the right side of the goal but Maime was there to secured the ball.
During the eighty-seventh minute Ethan Finlay, who had just entered the game minutes before, replacing Jordan Morries. Took the ball down the left flank and cut it around Canadian defender Adam Straith and crossed the ball towards the back post. Jozy Altidore found space in between two defenders and rose up and headed it far side netting to put the US up 1-0 with a minute left in regulation. This goal put Altidore at his 33rd career international goal pushing him one goal away from tying Eric Wynalda (34) and becoming the third all time leading goal scorer for the United States.
Jozy Altidore heads the ball home for the game winner goal in the 89th minute. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
After the game Klinsmann told US Soccer, what his plans were for the past two friendly games, “[One was] getting the older or established players into a rhythm, into a good start in 2016 because we’re just a couple weeks away from end of March games and World Cup qualifying. The other part was to use substitutions for players that you want to see and give them a taste of the senior team level.”
The US Men’s soccer team will continue their 2016 run on March 29th at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 when they take on Guatemala for the World Cup Qualifier.
To watch all the highlights of the US vs. Canada game check on this video: