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Players get one last chance to impress
by Paul Kennedy, January 28th, 2013 11:10PM

TAGS:  canada, men's national team


[USA-CANADA] Tuesday's friendly against Canada at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium (TV: ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision Deportes, 9 p.m. ET) comes exactly a week before the USA opens the Hexagonal at Honduras. It will be the last chance for the players Jurgen Klinsmann has had in camp for three weeks to impress before he must decide who he takes to San Pedro Sula. About 6-8 players with the national team in Houston could be headed to Honduras for the Hexagonal opener.

Only three players who participated in the semifinal round of qualifying -- Kyle Beckerman, Eddie Johnson and Graham Zusi -- are in Houston, and they are all expected to be on the plane from Miami to San Pedro Sula.

Whoever starts in goal -- or does the best -- against Canada should travel to Honduras.

Nowhere does Klinsmann need more help than at center back. Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler are the last two MLS Defenders of the Year and both are getting extended looks, though Klinsmann's impression of them may have to be formed by what he has been of them in camp at the Home Depot Center rather than in Tuesday's game.

Whether anyone else goes to Honduras may depend on what happens this weekend in Europe and Mexico, where most of Klinsmann's team plays. If they were all healthy, as many as 19 players on the plane to Honduras would be foreign-based.

One thing is for certain. The pressure Klinsmann's experimental team faces against Canada -- which has not beaten the USA since 1985 and is coming off a 4-0 loss to a Denmark "B" team -- will be nothing like what the USA will be up against next Tuesday in the afternoon heat of San Pedro Sula.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (8): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin/GER), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg.NOR), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC), Joshua Gatt (Molde/NOR), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Canada Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3):  Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga/NOR), Roberto Stillo (Genoa/ITA), Simon Thomas (out of contract).
DEFENDERS (6): Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Nana Attakora (FC Haka/FIN), Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), Mason Trafford (IFK Mariehamn/FIN), Andres Fresenga (Racing Club de Montevideo/URU).
MIDFIELDERS (9): Matt Stinson (Toronto FC), Evan James (out of contract), Emmanuel Gomez (Atletica Griffa/ARG), Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault (out of contract), Russel Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps), Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC), Terry Dunfield (Toronto FC), Philippe Davies (Richmond Kickers), Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby/SWE).
FORWARDS (4): Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes Ulf/NOR), Frank Jonke (FF Jaro/FIN), Kyle Porter (FC Edmonton).

1 comment
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: January 29, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.
    Connor Lade is a MF, and why he is always in the back four doesn't add up.

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