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Canada vs USA Friendly - January 22/2006

Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:41:16 +0000 #1
Posters on BigSoccer are reporting the USSF is releasing the following: Unconfirmed as of yet.

January 22, 2006: U.S. Men vs. Canada (West Coast location, to be finalized)

The U.S. Men's National Team will face Norway at The Home Depot Center on Sunday, January 29, 2006.

Will be difficult for Canada to send an A lineup as many players (NA/Scandinavia) will be out of season or on break (Europe) and not likely to fly across the Atlantic and the continental US for this matchup.
supersjd2010-05-12 19:49:27 +0000 #2
mrdeeds2010-05-12 20:22:22 +0000 #3
I always look forward to Canada vs. the US in any sport. This will be no different. It would be nice for Canada to field as close to an A team as possible though. In any event, LET'S GET IT ON!
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:51:56 +0000 #4
Men's World Cup Team

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Canada-USA to Kickoff 2006 in San Diego

Canada and USA to tangle in San Diego

Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) have agreed to a friendly between Canada’s Men’s National Team and the US Men’s National Team.

The match will take place on January 22, 2006 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego. Kickoff has been set for 5:00pm PT.

Tickets ranging in price levels from $25 to $90 go on sale starting Tuesday, December 6, at 10 a.m. PT on-line at, at the University of San Diego’s Jenny Craig Pavilion Box Office (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and by phone at 619-260-7550 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets through the University of San Diego by calling 619-260-7550.

“Anytime you play the US you are guaranteed a difficult game,” said Canadian Head Coach Frank Yallop. “I thought when we played them in the summer (Gold Cup 2005) we did quite well at times and this match will provide us with another opportunity, like the friendlies against Spain and Luxembourg, to see how our squad has been progressing since then.”

Yallop’s men will likely begin camp in early January to prepare for the match. A location for the training camp has yet to be determined.

It is also likely that Yallop will involve many of his North American-based players as well as those players that play in leagues with a winter-break.

“Because of the time of year, the majority of our guys will either be in pre-season or on a winter break, so it will be important for us to get together early. But in the end, this is yet another chance for us to have a look at some of the guys who haven’t featured for Canada in awhile.”

The match on January 22 will mark the 28th time Canada and the United States have met. The overall record currently stands at 8 wins, 11 losses, and 8 draws but recent history has favoured the Americans. Canada has not defeated the US since their friendly on May 6, 1990 in Burnaby, BC when Canada won 1-0. A week later, the Canadians also defeated Mexico 2-1.

The last encounter between the two was in July 2005 when the two sides met in that year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. The US defeated Canada 2-0 on that day en route to their third Continental championship.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 20:48:07 +0000 #5
Men's World Cup Team

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Canada’s Roster Set for USA Friendly

Canada’s Adrian Serioux (pictured) and the USA will renew aquaintances in late January. Photo: Dale MacMillan/CSA

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Head Coach, Frank Yallop, has announced his squad of 19 players for Canada’s upcoming friendly against the USA on January 22 in San Diego, California.

The Canadians will hold their training camp from January 8–20 in Carson, CA before traveling to San Diego on January 20 for the first match of 2006 for both countries.

The match will be played at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego. Kickoff has been set for 5:00pm PT.

Yallop has recalled eight players from the squad that beat Luxembourg 1-0 in mid-November. The youngest of those eight, Will Johnson, is presently with Dale Mitchell’s U20 team in Guadalajara, Mexico, but will join the squad following Canada’s involvement in the Chivas Cup.

Viking midfielder, Sandro Grande, has returned to the squad since recovering from the niggling calf strain that kept him out of the Luxembourg game.

Armed with a new contract and club, Goteborg striker, Ali Gerba, has also recovered from a series of knocks and strains and is fit for selection.

The Montreal Impact will be sending six players to sunny California. Adam Braz, Gabe Gervais, and Greg Sutton were regular contributors in 2005 and have been recalled to Yallop’s squad. Joining them will be defenders Nevio Pizzolitto and Andre Hainault and midfielder Patrick Leduc. The trip will be Hainault’s first with the senior squad.

Molde striker Rob Friend, who had to decline the invite to Luxembourg due to club commitments, makes a long-awaited return to the national team fold.

Toronto-native Adrian Serioux will also be back since his departure from Millwall in the fall of 2005. Serioux left the London-based club in late September for personal reasons and is presently unattached, but has been entertaining offers from several clubs interested in the midfielder’s services.

“I am looking forward to these two weeks with the squad,” said Head Coach Frank Yallop. “It’s not often you get a chance to have your players for an extended training camp prior to a friendly so from that perspective, this is a welcome opportunity.”

“It will also allow us the luxury of playing two or three scrimmages during the camp (in Carson), which is something we have been unable to do in the past.”

Yallop is also fully aware of the dangers the Americans pose, even without many of their European regulars.

“I know the US will be without many of their European-based players but they still have the ability to put together a very talented ‘domestic-based squad’, as was witnessed throughout the World Cup qualifying rounds and the last Gold Cup. A lot of guys will be keen to show Bruce (Arena) that they are capable of contributing to his World Cup squad, so they will take this game, and the games against Norway and Japan very seriously.”

“2006 will be an important year for us,” concluded Yallop. “It’s vital that we solidify our pool of regular players this year and begin to move towards establishing a ’team’ that will compete for the 2007 Gold Cup, and of course qualifying for South Africa, which will likely start in 2008.”

Following the US game…

Following the match against the USA, Canada’s Men’s National Team has agreed to an international friendly on March 1st, 2006 (the next available International Match Date on the FIFA coordinated International Calendar) against Austria. The match will be played at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria. Kick-off has tentatively been scheduled for 8:30pm local time.

Roster – Canada Men’s National Team

Player POS DOB Caps G/S Club Hometown

Ademolu, Stephen F 10/20/1982 1 0 Tromso Windsor, ON

Bernier, Patrice M 9/23/1979 14 0 Tromso Montreal, QC

Braz, Adam D 06/07/1981 6 0 Montreal Impact St. Laurent, QC

de Rosario, Dwayne M/F 5/15/1978 35 7 Houston Scarborough, ON

Friend, Rob F 1/23/1981 4 0 Molde Kelowna, BC

Gerba, Ali F 7/27/1982 5 1 IFK Goteborg Montréal, QC

Gervais, Gabriel D 9/18/1976 7 0 Montreal Impact Brossard, QC

Grande, Sandro M 9/29/1977 9 1 Viking Stavanger Montreal, QC

Hainault, Andre (Andrew) D 6/17/1986 0 0 Montreal Impact Hudson, QC

Hutchinson, Atiba M 02/08/1983 18 2 Helsingborg Brampton, ON

Jazic, Ante D/M 2/26/1976 13 0 FC Kuban Halifax, NS

Johnson, Will F 1/21/1987 1 0 Chicago Fire Woodridge, IL

Leduc, Patrick M 12/26/1977 3 0 Montreal Impact Montréal, QC

Pizzolitto, Nevio D 8/26/1976 9 0 Montreal Impact Montreal, QC

Pozniak, Chris D/M 01/10/1981 14 0 Haugesund FK Scarborough, ON

Reda, Marco D 6/22/1977 2 0 unattached Woodbridge, ON

Serioux, Adrian D/M 05/12/1979 7 0 unattached Scarborough, ON

Stamatopoulos, Kenny GK 8/28/1979 3 1 Tromso Markham, ON

Sutton, Greg GK 4/19/1977 6 2 Montreal Impact Enfield, NH


Frank Yallop - Head Coach

Stephen Hart - Assistant Coach

Jim Cannovan - Assistant Coach

Simon Smith - GK Coach (8-15 January)

Paul Dolan - GK Coach (15-22 January)

Morgan Quarry - Manager

Dave Foley - Physiotherapist

Vic Mendes - Equipment Manager
Dado_Prso_092010-05-12 21:33:28 +0000 #6
as much as i want canada to win the usa will win by at least 2 goals
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:38:55 +0000 #7

Originally Posted by Dado_Prso_09

as much as i want canada to win the usa will win by at least 2 goals

While I'll concede this isn't a Canadian A side by any stretch of the imagination I highly doubt they'll lose by more than two.

This is the good thing about FY's regime, depth. While most of these guys aren't NT starters many have seen some time with the NT. Predictions of how the Canadian side will fare are rarely near the mark.

Good to see Rob Friend back in the fold (finished 5th in scoring in Norway this year).

Infamous prediction of a WC game on a Canadian message board.

Portugal 5 - USA 0

Nuf ced
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:56:15 +0000 #8
Yallop looks to players out of season for friendly against U.S.


TORONTO (CP) - Canada will rely on eight North American-based players and eight who play in Scandinavia for a Jan. 22 soccer friendly against the U.S. in San Diego.

The 19-man Canadian squad also includes defender-midfielder Ante Jazic (FC Kuban, Russia) and two players currently without clubs: defender Marco Reda and defender-midfielder Adrian Serioux.

The Jan. 22 date is not one reserved for international friendlies, with European leagues playing as usual. That means no Tomasz Radzinski (Fulham), Paul Stalteri (Tottenham) or Iain Hume (Leicester City) from England or Julian de Guzman (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain).

The Scandinavian leagues, like Major League Soccer and the second-tier United Soccer League in North America, are currently out of season, allowing Yallop to draw on their talent.

Because almost all the players are out of season, Yallop is bringing them in for a camp starting Jan. 8 in Carson, Calif., to help improve fitness.

U.S. coach Bruce Arena will also be relying on domestic talent. Of his 30 players invited to a camp starting Thursday in Carson, all but one play in the MLS. The other, defender Heath Pearce, plays in Denmark.

While 17 of the 30 American players invited have less than 10 caps to their credit, Arena has talent and experience at his disposal. Los Angeles Galaxy star striker Landon Donovan has 73 caps, as does Real Salt Lake defender Eddie Pope. Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk has played 68 times for his country.

In contrast, the entire Canadian roster has a combined 157 caps.

The Americans are ranked eighth in the world, compared to No. 84 for Canada.

Yallop said he did not call up goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld, who plays for Rosenborg in Norway, because he liked the way Kenny Stamatopoulos (Tromso, Norway) played against Spain and Luxembourg.

"And I wanted to take a good look at Greg Sutton again," he added.

Hirschfeld will be recalled at a later date, Yallop said.

The coach said he also opted not to summon Olivier Occean because he has just moved clubs (to Norway's Lillestrom) and because he has plenty of strikers.

"I want to look at Rob Friend, I want to look at Ali (Gerba)," he said. "I've got Dwayne (DeRosario), I've got Steven (Ademolu). We're OK in that position. You can't bring in six, seven, eight strikers . . . I want to make sure the squad's balanced."

Yallop will also have Will Johnson in camp. The Chicago Fire forward is currently with the under-20 team at the Chivas Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Montreal Impact have six players on the squad: goalkeeper Sutton, defenders Adam Braz, Gabe Gervais, Nevio Pizzolitto and uncapped Andrew Hainault, and midfielder Patrick Leduc.

Yallop says he has watched Hainault with the under-20 team and wanted to keep talent from the younger levels moving up. Hainault has his paperwork in order and is looking to hook up with a club in England.

Yallop's roster for the U.S. game includes eight players from the squad that beat Luxembourg 1-0 in November. Midfielder Sandro Grande returns after recovering from a calf injury that kept him out of the Luxembourg game.

Following the U.S. game, Canada will play Austria in a friendly March 1 in Vienna.



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