U.S. Soccer Announces Friendlies with Iceland and Canada

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by Deny Gallagher

On Tuesday afternoon the United States Soccer Federation announced the Men’s National Team will begin their 2016 slate against Iceland and Canada.

The meeting with Iceland marks the first time in a little more than 20 years that the two sides will meet. In a series that dates back to 1955, the United States has won twice, drawn twice, and lost twice. This international friendly is slated for January 31st at 3:45 p.m.

“Iceland is one of the up-and-coming soccer nations in Europe,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They have been really impressive in qualifying for the European Championship for the first time, and they have earned huge compliments for their youth player development. Their players are now spread across the big leagues in Europe.”

Five days later the Americans will take on their neighbors to the north in the second friendly of the camp. The meeting with Canada will be the 33rd in a series that began in 1925. The U.S. has dominated Canada in recent times, having not lost to the side in 35 years.

“As we know from our past meetings, Canada is a difficult opponent that is not easy to break down,” said Klinsmann. “It’s a good experience to play against them, particularly for some of our younger players. They started off on the right foot in World Cup qualifying, having won at home and picking up a point on the road in El Salvador, so this will be a good challenge.”

Both of these games will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

  • Freddy P.

    Can’t wait to see US come from behind in both games.