The January camp roster should be coming soon, and we now know the opponents for the pair of friendlies. The Yanks will face Iceland at 3:45 PM ET on Sunday, January 31 before a 10:15 PM ET tilt with Canada on Friday, February 5. Both matches will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
Iceland qualified for Euro 2016 although this isn’t likely to be a first-team roster. Canada is Canada but has some decent young MLS talent.
The US hasn’t lost to Canada in 35 years. They haven’t played Iceland in over 20 years; the two nations are 2-2-2 all-time head-to-head. They also famously played twice in ice hockey at the 1994 Junior Goodwill Games, with Iceland capturing a 12-1 group stage victory before the Americans frantically rallied in the third-period of the gold medal game in a wild 5-5 (4-3 penalties) win. Gordon Bombay’s gutsy goalie switch was later replicated by Louis van Gaal in the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals.
* The US’s next home World Cup qualifier in March against Guatemala will take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. ESPN’s Doug McIntyre is guessing Kansas City will get the last home qualifier of the semifinal round in September. That sounds like a solid guess to me.
* The locations for next summer’s Copa America Centenario were announced.
The host metropolitan areas and respective stadiums are: Boston (Gillette Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium), San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium) and Seattle (CenturyLink Field). Similar to the FIFA World Cup, each venue will host matches on multiple days through the tournament. Most venues will host at least three games.
It looks like MetLife Stadium will host the final, while the Rose Bowl will get a semifinal. Nothing has been finalized yet, but it is also sounding like Mexico will play in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Houston, while the US will start in Seattle.
The US opened up World Cup qualifying with an easy 6-1 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines. SVG did score the first goal, but the US scored at least six goals for the 14th time in team history (and the fourth time under Jurgen Klinsmann). The game also saw the US cap tie Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga. Here are some highlights.
Jozy Altidore is the 5th #USMNT player (and 2nd-youngest, at age 26) with 30 international goals.
Only Landon Donovan was younger (25).
The US is set to kickoff World Cup qualifying on November 13 and here are the guys Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the first set of games.
Two new names in the mix with Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham FC), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Club Leon), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
In case you have been out of the loop the last couple of days, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and US Soccer all officially announced that the United States will be the host of next summer’s Copa America Centenario.
The US U-17 team was knocked out of the U-17 World Cup.