Canada and the Waldos will once again do battle in January. - Canadian Soccer Association Flikr
Canada adds a second friendly to their January camp announcing that they will renew the cross border rivalry with the United States when the two teams meet on January 29th in Houston.
Canada has added a second friendly to their January training camp plans and if you thought getting to play Denmark (January 26th in Arizona) was alright, then buckle up your seat belts because the CSA has announced the plans to add another chapter to the cross border rivalry with the United States.
The two sides are set to do battle at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium following up on their meeting from this past spring. In that meeting Canada was probably the slightly better side and were a bit unlucky to not beat Tim Howard and ended up settling for a 0-0 draw to celebrate the CSA's 100th birthday.
For the United States the match will come at the end of their January training camp which has historically been the main camp where players on the fringes of the national team are given a look to show what they have to offer. This year, Jurgen Klinnsman will certainly be looking to find some more players who might be able to help his side out in the Hex so Canada may get to see a couple of different faces in the opposition squad.
It will be interesting to see who is in charge of Canada for the games against Denmark and the United States as the manager's position remains vacant after Stephen Hart resigned following his side's exit from World Cup Qualifying. Former assistant Tony Fonseca would have been the obvious choice, but he moved up to the Technical Director position, so he's out. It is unlikely that a new head coach will be in place in time for these games so it will likely be down to an interim coach to decide what sort of roster is brought in for the US based training camp.
Canada's squad will probably be made up of those players based in North America, and will likely contain a mix of experienced players who were a part of the last cycle and some young players who will be hoping to be a part of the next cycle. It should be the start of a bit of a rebuild for the squad as many of the veterans are now into their 30's and will not be around when it comes time to start qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Canada's next competitive matches will come in the 2013 Gold Cup which is slated for July 7-28 in the United States. The January camp and these two friendlies will be the first step in putting that disaster in Honduras behind the team and looking forward to that Gold Cup in the summer.