Reggae great Jimmy Cliffs iconic song You Can It If You Really Want‘s comes to mind when describing the U.S Men’s National Team 1-0 win over the Canadian National Team at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Why you ask ? First the lyrics to the song. “You can get it if you really want, but you must try and try and you will succeed at last,” best describes Fridays nights encounter between the North American rivals. The Yankees and Canucks were deadlocked in a momentum shifting game until Jozy Altidore’s 89th minute game winner.
A quick glance at the stat sheets shows the U.S . team had 14 shots, eight which were on goal and when you compare that to team Canada’s stat line of four shots and zero shots on goal you get an idea of who dominated the final third of play and how the try and try theme comes to mind. Both teams were able to dominate possession of the ball at different times of the the game. In the beautiful game of soccer, possession of the ball is all good and well but if you have no goals to show for your efforts, it becomes a bad look. Altidore’s late winner on Friday made it all good in the hood.
“It was one of those games where we felt we were always there, on the doorstep,” Altidore said after the game. “That bit of sharpness wasn’t there – the last pass, the last cross – but to win the game the manner we did was kind of fitting, to end the camp on kind of a real positive high.”
Seattle Sounders rookie sensation Jordan Morris started up front with Altidore and like his counter part had a couple of decent looks at the goal but they where of no avail. Morris best chance was in the 38th minute of the first half when his right footed looping shot over a charging Canadian goal keeper Maxime Crepeau went just wide of the open goal.
Friday night’s match between Canada and the U.S. put an end to both National teams January Camp. The January camps are designed to give the National team coach some time to look at certain players before the World Cup Qualifying games being in March.
The U.S. team will begin its world World Cup Qualifying games in March against Guatemala. The teams meet twice in one month, March 25 at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, Guatemala (beIN Sport, NBC Universo), and March 29 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN). The MNT is now 11-2-2 all-time at StubHub Center, outscoring its opponents 35-11.
The USA is now 14-8-11 all-time vs. Canada, including a 11-1-9 mark in matches played in the U.S. The U.S. has not lost to Canada on home soil in more than half a century, with the last loss coming by a 3-2 scoreline in a 1957 World Cup Qualifying match in St. Louis.