Saturday, January 21, 2006

USA vs Canada Preview

Almost forgot about this game, held tomorrow in San Diego. Our MLS players can easily take Canada's second string, as evidenced by the same fixture in 2003, an easy 4-0 win. This game isn't on tv, so there won't be anything to analyze or think about, other than what we can gather from matchtracker. From the Canadian perspective, their three forwards only have 6 caps combined, including the Fire's benchwarmer Will Johnson. I don't know if DeRosario will be used at forward or as the AM. Either way, I would be very surprised if they scored a goal against us.

A few guys like Albright and Ralston will be unavailable due to injury, while it appears that Johnson is still not 100%. From a scrimmage report on Bigsoccer, this could be our starting lineup:

Reis, Pearce, Conrad, Pope, Hejduk, Dempsey, Carroll, Donovan, Twellman, Wolff, Ching

The score isn't really important, although I expect a multiple goal win. This is all about getting experience and finding out who will make it to Germany. It's also a chance for Bruce to try out some new things (4-3-3?).

Prediction: USA 3-0 Canada

Comments on "USA vs Canada Preview"


Blogger Kali said ... (7:17 PM, January 21, 2006) : 

Thanks for the reminder... I'd totally forgotten.


Anonymous Jason said ... (9:50 PM, January 22, 2006) : 

Nil-Nil that's sad not a good start to 2006!


Anonymous jamesey said ... (1:39 PM, January 23, 2006) : 

Could you do a goals per minute or goals per game anaylsis (in MLS) for all of the USMNT attacking players (in MLS)? I have a feeling it's very low, and if you compare it to the Italian forwards in Serie A, it might be embarrassing.


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