Welcome to your live thread as the United States Men’s National Team takes on Canada in the Concacaf Nations League. The USMNT beat Cuba 7-0 last week in the Yanks’ first match of the tournament. Canada currently leads the group, after beating Cuba 6-0 in Canada and 1-0 in Cuba.
It is vital for the U.S. to grab a win tonight. First, it will move the Yanks into a first-place tie with Canada on points and ahead in the goal differential tiebreaker. The tiebreakers are, in order:
- Total number of points
- Goal differential
- Goals scored
- Greatest number of goals scored in away matches
- Fair Play rankings
- Drawing of lots
If the U.S. wins tonight, it would be in full control with Canada still having to travel to Orlando to finish out their group matches, while the U.S. still has a date with Cuba in addition to the second leg against the Canadians. More importantly though, a win tonight will automatically qualify the U.S. for the Gold Cup.
The U.S. is 14-8-11 all-time against Canada. However, the series is much closer in competitive matches and the Yanks are just 7-6-4. Games in Toronto are even worse, and Canada holds the advantage, 2-0-1.
The teams last met in February 2015. With Jürgen Klinsmann at the helm, the Yanks needed an 89th-minute Jozy Altidore header to seal the 1-0 win in Carson, CA. The last competitive match between the teams was back in June 2011. At Ford Field in Detroit, Altidore and Clint Dempsey each recorded a goal to lift the Yanks to a 2-0 Gold Cup group stage match win.
A few names should stick out to Orlando City fans. Former Lion Richie Laryea started in Canada’s last match, and played the full 90. Current Lions Tesho Akindele and Will Johnson have not been called up, but Kamal Miller is in the 21. Miller is not expected to play, though. Another player not on the roster is Cyle Larin.
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 62/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 16/0).
Defenders (8): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 9/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 8/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 13/2), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Reading/ENG; 18/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 37/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 59/0).
Midfielders (8): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 150/17), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 12/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 16/6), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 33/14), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 17/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 20/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 4/0).
Forwards (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 29/5), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 4/0), Tyler Boyd (Beşiktaş/TUR; 8/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 36/7), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 10/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 53/10).
Goalkeepers (3): Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade/SRB; 47/0), Maxime Crépeau (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; 2/0), Jayson Leutwiler (Blackburn Rovers/ENG; 3/0).
Defenders (7): Samuel Adekugbe (Vålerenga/NOR; 9/0), Juan Córdova (Huachipato/CHI; 2/0), Derek Cornelius (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; 10/0), Amer Didić (FC Edmonton; 0/0), Richie Laryea (Toronto FC; 2/0), Kamal Miller (Orlando City SC/USA; 2/0), Steven Vitória (Moreirense/POR; 12/1).
Midfielders (7): Scott Arfield (Rangers/SCO; 17/2) Stephen Eustáquio (Cruz Azul/MEX; 0/0), Liam Fraser (Toronto FC; 0/0), Mark-Anthony Kaye (LAFC/USA; 12/0), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC/CAN; 29/4), Samuel Piette (Montreal Impact/CAN; 44/0), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; 25/1).
Forwards (5): Lucas Cavallini (Puebla/MEX; 15/10), Jonathan David (Gent/BEL; 10/11), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich/GER; 16/4), Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City/WAL; 26/9), Liam Miller (Kilmarnock/SCO; 8/0).
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: BMO Field — Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
TV: ESPN2, TUDN, UniMás.
Streaming: WatchESPN, TUDN en Vivo, Univision Now.
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