The United States Men's National Team take to the pitch tonight against our neighbors to the north in the second and final friendly of the Winter Camp. For the USMNT, they will be looking to build upon an up and down 3-2 win over Iceland on Sunday and continue to prep for the March World Cup Qualifiers. There were some good performances in the win vs Iceland (Jozy Altidore, Lee Nguyen come to mind) and the team will look to build upon that momentum.
To Goal for the USMNT: Play a complete 90 minutes
What to Watch For
1) How Excited--a big question for the United States after the Iceland game was "how excited should we be?" Yes, they did win a home match. And yes, Iceland is a pretty good team. But, this was clearly Iceland's B team and playing at home, a 3-2 win seems a bit deflating. However, I was pleased that Jurgen Klinsmann played the younger guys and gave other players a proper run out.
2) The GK Situation--I spoke about this in preparation for the Iceland game--who should start in goal? With both Tim Howard and Brad Guzan having a significant drop in form, there is an opportunity here for someone to step up. Luis Robles did not look bad for the 'Nats, and I would like to see him start again, and see if he can be the guy.
3) The Full 90--at times it seemed like the USMNT looked overwhelmed or not prepared to play a complete 90 minutes. I would assume this had to do with some guys not playing together all that much, and while they got lucky against Iceland, they will need to continue to work on that chemistry. Especially when the games start getting tougher.
4) Updated Roser--Here is the updated roster that will be available for selection for the Red White and Blue:
DEFENDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire)
MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Perry Kitchen (Unattached), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Friday, 5 February 2016 at 8:15 PM MST
Venue: StubHub Center--Carson, California
TV Information: Fox Sports 1/UniMas/Univision Deportes
Live Stream: Fox Sports 2 Go (delayed)
Supporters Watch Event: American Outlaws Denver will be hosting at British Bulldog. Drink and food specials available