Jozy Altidore nodded home a perfectly delivered cross from substitute Ethan Finlay to help the United States take a 1-0 win over Canada at the Stub Hub Center Friday night.
— CFC Real (@CFC_RealSoccer) February 6, 2016
It was the first goal for either team in head-to-head action in 277 minutes, and it offset a night of wasted opportunities in front of goal for the Toronto FC striker.
“Ethan did this all through January camp,” Altidore said of the winning goal. “He’s really good out wide. The ball scores the goal. The pace of it, the positioning of it, I just had to be there to knock it in.”
The win completes the January camp for the U.S. national team, and with two wins in as many matches, Altidore and his teammates are looking to turn the page on a disappointing 2015.
“Look, we know we didn’t have the best year last year,” he said. “I think it’s more about us than anybody else to make sure we go out there, and the effort — the fight is there. Sometimes, the soccer won’t be perfect. But we’ve got to put a little more into it at times.”
The United States out-shot Canada, 17-4, and may have had a few more goals were it not for the efforts of keeper Maxime Crépeau. Crépeau was outstanding in his senior team debut, and was unquestionably the bright spot for the side.
The Americans will visit Guatemala on March 25 for a World Cup qualifier before hosting them four days later. Canada will play its own set of qualifiers against Mexico on the same dates.
— Cobi Jones (@cobijones) February 6, 2016
Nowhere near as close as 1-0 in 90th makes it look. Long, long way for Canada to go.
— Andrew Bucholtz (@AndrewBucholtz) February 6, 2016
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) February 6, 2016
Longest #USMNT unbeaten streaks vs single opponent (* = active):
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) February 6, 2016
We called it: 2016: YEAR OF JOZY (Big Money Move to Chinese League BACK ON)
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) February 6, 2016