U.S. soccer to take on Canada in World Cup qualifier

By Jacob Onak

The United States Men’s National (USMNT) team will take on the Canadian Men’s National team in a World Cup qualifier (WCQ) preparation game today.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann concluded his two-week preparation camp with 23 players from both Major League Soccer and Europe.

Klinsmann’s January camp has been one much like previous January camps. A lot of the players called in will be looking to earn their first cap (game appearance) for the USMNT or are looking to break into the “A-squad” and try and make the roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

With spots to fight for there are a number of players who Klinsmann will take a serious look at during the Canada match. In the net, Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire) and Bill Hamid (D.C. United) seem to be still fighting it out for the third goalkeeper roster slot. Defenders Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and Matt Besler (Sporting K.C.) are likely to pair up in the center back spot and both have a good shot of making the WCQ roster.

In the midfield, playmakers Benny Feilhaber (Sporting K.C.) and Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg) are looking to be the creative force for the U.S. Feilhaber is looking to revive his U.S. career while Diskerud is looking to establish himself in the squad. Young winger Josh Gatt is also looking to break in the squad as he is looking for his second U.S. cap.

At striker Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), who leads the camp with 44 caps, will look to continue his U.S. revival while Chris Wondolowski (S.J. Earthquakes) is looking to prove that the stats he has put up in the MLS can translate into international success. Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) will also be looking for his first cap in front of his home crowd in Houston as he has reportedly been one of the pleasant surprises in camp.

A win against Canada would be nice but it isn’t something that matters. What matters is that Klinsmann gets a full evaluation of players who he believes can make the next step and compete for starting spots in the WCQ.