U.S. Men's National Team

USA vs. Canada: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Canada tonight in a match-up of CONCACAF rivals preparing to begin World Cup qualifying later this week.

The Americans have dominated this series, having most recently posted a 2-0 victory over Canada in last year's Gold Cup. The Canadians will be looking for their first victory against the USA since 1985, and should provide a tough test at BMO Field in Toronto.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will look to sort out some final decisions on his first-choice lineup, with central defense and the team's preferred formation being among the issues Klinsmann will look to address.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight's match, so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight's commentary is after the jump):


  • matt

    The team has been training and playing friendlies for 8 straight days.

    teams dont train during tournaments like they did in these 8 days.

    we won 1 lost one and drew another.

    no big deal. we now have 5 days to rest and be ready for the minnows.


  • marco

    Low energy, poor movement, poor passing. I paid the right amount to see this. In the 2nd qualifier, Gautemala will be clear favorites. I hope USA can steal a point there. It really is hard to believe that these players have been training together for two to three weeks, yikes.


  • andrew in tally

    When Donovan is very good, the U.SMNT is very good. When he is average, as he was tonight, then the team is poor. His unwillingness to impose himself on games is one of the more disappointing aspects of watching the last two games. Feels like going through the motions.


  • Paid

    That was hard to watch. Looks like we’re in for another nail scratching WCQ campaign. So much for taking games by the scruff of the neck and putting teams away early. Hopefully the team was just tired because it was a tired performance.


  • Jeff

    I agree we should stick to 4-3-3 for a while. I was also disappointed that Johnson couldn’t go today, and his influence in the attack could’ve helped. But it’s not all on him being out.


  • Alex from Louisville

    I think the US players were tired because of overtraining. It may be OK to overtrain for the friendlies, but the coaches will need to watch that during qualification. I think the U-23 team did not qualify because they too tired (due to lack of rotation rather than overtraining in that case).


  • CJ

    They’re tired. They’re coming off long European seasons, doing two-a-days every day and playing 5 games in 18 days. Cut them some slack, folks. Besides, these are only friendlies. I’m not worried.


  • GW

    “allowing Canada’s offense, who hasn’t been to a world cup in 26 years”

    Well of course they are dominant. After 26 years they have an almost telepathic understanding with each other. It makes their passing so much better.

    “I’d like to know what is JK’s explanation for not calling in Whitbread, Ream and of course Lichaj.”

    Whitbread was hurt, Ream is not as good as the four centerbacks in camp and Lichaj had not done enough to convince JK he deserved to be in camp.

    And nothing you saw in these three games changes any of that.


  • Michael F. SBI Mafia Original

    If we play that way again we will lose to Antigua. Just dismal.


  • Artie

    Another nail scratching? You realize the US has topped the last two hexes, right?


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