Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – The United States men’s national soccer team will use its upcoming international friendly against Canada as a tune-up for the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in Honduras.
The Canadians and Americans will square off Jan. 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, the second time they will play in less than a year.
In their June encounter, the Canadians and Americans played to a scoreless draw at BMO Field in Toronto.
“The match against Canada will come at the end of an important training camp as we get players ready for the World Cup qualifier against Honduras, and also get a good look at some up and coming players in the national team pool,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Canada was eliminated on the final day of third-round qualifying when it fell 8-1 to Honduras in San Pedro Sula last October. The blowout denied Canada a place in next year’s final round and spoiled its chance to compete for its first World Cup berth since 1986.
“Obviously we have a great history with Canada, and they were unlucky not to qualify for the final round. The stadium in Houston is awesome and the fans have been incredibly supportive there, so for us it’s a great way to start off the centennial year of U.S. Soccer,” Klinsmann said.
Canada has yet to find a head coach, more than two months after Stephen Hart resigned. It remains unclear if the team will have a head coach before the Canadians face the Americans.
Canada is also scheduled to face Denmark in an international friendly on Jan. 26 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.