Czech Republic vs. Canada
Friday, November 15, 2013, 11 am ET
Andruv Stadion, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Watch on Sportsnet One
With neither team headed to next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, both Canada and the Czech Republic will be focusing on the future in Friday’s friendly match.
But the Canadians will also be keeping an eye on the present, as they hope to stop what’s thus far been a calamitous slide down the FIFA rankings in 2013 to an all-time low of No. 111.
US Under-17 national team coach Richie Williams (above) has called in a squad featuring several MLS academy prospects to face Canada in two friendly matches in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this weekend.
The brief camp will serve as preparation for the U-17s ahead of next month's high-intensity meetings with their counterparts from Brazil, England and Portugal at the Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
GLASGOW, Scotland – Not that long ago, the lone striker role in Jurgen Klinsmann’s system was perceived as a problem area. Jozy Altidore struggled to adapt to the German’s methods, with few other options offering an alternative.
But as the US national team arrived here to prepare for Friday’s friendly clash against Scotland (3 pm ET, ESPN2/UniMas) and Klinsmann thinks ahead to next summer’s World Cup, he has a problem most never saw coming: too many strikers.
GLASGOW, Scotland – Michael Bradley somewhat grew in stature even while he was gone from the US national team last month, when the club noticeably missed the AS Roma midfielder’s presence in the center of the field against Jamaica and Panama.
Now with a successful year winding down for the USMNT, coach Jurgen Klinsmann has gathered Bradley and 22 other players here, and with seats on that plane to Brazil up for grabs there is a nearly visible spring in the step of players aiming to punch their ticket.
WASHINGTON – Among the many challenges facing D.C. United next season as they attempt to rebound from a poor 2013 campaign will be competing in the always-grueling CONCACAF Champions League.
By virtue of United’s US Open Cup victory in October, Ben Olsen’s club earned a berth in the competition, which requires frequent international travel right in the middle of the MLS stretch run.
In order to prepare for playing clubs outside of the US, United will spend the first week of December in Southeast Asia.
As the US men's national team prep for a pair of friendlies in Europe against Scotland (Friday, 3 pm ET, ESPN2, UniMas) and Austria (Nov. 19, 2:45 pm ET, NBCSN, UniMas), head coach Jurgen Klinsmann expressed his hope to evaluate players with an eye on the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next June while simultaneously keeping up the US' run of good form.
Two new names have been added to the Canadian national team roster for its upcoming friendlies – one newcomer and one very familiar face.
Caleb Clarke, a 20-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps striker who is currently on loan with FC Augsburg II in Germany, and midfielder Terry Dunfield, formerly of the Whitecaps and Toronto FC, were added to Canada’s 22-man roster on Tuesday, the Canadian Soccer Association announced.
AMSTERDAM – Voting for the Fútbol de Primera (formerly Honda) US Player of the Year award is a privilege and responsibility to be taken seriously, even when your pick for the winner usually does not end up with the trophy.
It’s been a year of exciting firsts for Montreal Impact defender Karl Ouimette.
His first full season as a professional. His first goal for the Impact (a vital game-winner in late October). And now, his first call-up to the Canadian men’s national team.
“So far, it’s been awesome,” Ouimette told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday by phone. “The atmosphere is good and the practices are good as well.”
While seven MLS players were named to the 23-man US men's national team roster on Monday for upcoming friendlies against Austria and Scotland, the potential league MVP was not on that list.