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Canada head coach Herdman: “We want USMNT’s best”

The Canadian Men’s National Team has picked up its first two wins of the 2019 Concacaf Nations League group stage and is now setting its sights on it’s closest rival.

After a 1-0 win over Cuba on Tuesday night in the Cayman Islands, Canada head coach John Herdman did not mince words regarding upcoming clashes this fall with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Canada picked up a pair of wins over Cuba this international break and will next host the USMNT at Toronto FC’s BMO Field on Oct. 15th. The pair will square off in the U.S. on Nov. 15th, but a venue has yet to be determined.

Alphonso Davies scored the lone goal in Tuesday’s road win, while Junior Hoilett, Jonathan David, Jonathan Osorio, and Doneil Henry all got on the scoresheet in the first meeting, a 6-0 win.

The USMNT will also take on Cuba as well during those respective breaks, one at D.C. United’s Audi Field in October and the other in the Virgin Islands in November.

Gregg Berhalter’s side is coming off a 3-0 loss and 1-1 draw against Mexico and Uruguay in respective friendlies. The USMNT are unbeaten in 17 straight meetings with Canada since 1985, and hold a 16-9-10 all-time record against them.



  1. A healthy USMNT has the horse power to win and make a statement in the games against Canada. But we need our full complement of players, and the coach needs to put them in a formation that will maximize our best players.

    We could probably still compete & win using our MLS line-up, but it would be a closer game and would not make the same type of statement.

    • If Berhalter’s description is correct as bad tear Weah is unlikely to be back by then at least in form to start. Yedlin is supposed to be back in the next couple weeks but Newcastle brought in a replacement so how much he’ll see the pitch is in the air. Adams should be set to resume training soon but he’s had a number of setbacks so I’d say 50/50 at best that he’s ready. I couldn’t find any description of the severity of Miazga’s hamstring injury so he’s possible. Brooks who knows. Getting all 5 seems highly unlikely but two or three is possible.

    • They’ll be much more motivated than US especially with losses by Panama and El Salvador opening the door for Hex qualifying. Their front line is really strong, midfield are some good MLSers and their backline is awful and young. Henry their best defender will be out with the red card. I’ll be less worried if we get healthy.


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