USA vs Canada
2013 International Friendly
9pm ET/7pm MT, January 29, 2013
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
Sportsnet One/Sportsnet West
My child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay,
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you, dad...
"You know I'm gonna be like you!"
- "Cats in the Cradle", Harry Chapin
The growing up continues. After a 4-0 hiding from Denmark in the dry desert sun of Arizona, the kids of Canada trudge on to the heat of Houston tonight to take on the surely World Cup 2014-bound USA. The Americans will be heading to Honduras next week to restart their journey on the road to Brazil, while Canada...well, Colin Miller's side will just be hoping not to be blown out again.
Last time these two teams met it was a 0-0 draw at BMO Field, but that was when both sides were almost at their peak (given the fact that Canada was actually still on that road to Brazil), and also in 2012, the Canadian U23 side won a tight 2-0 result during Olympic qualifying. But the times, they are a-changin', and there be movement afoot -- Canada are of course are starting the proceess of building a whole new team, while the US are using this as an opportunity to find some players who might force their way into the lineup for their Hex campaign.
Roster-wise, Lars Hirschfeld will be unavailable due to a back injury picked up in Arizona, so Simon Thomas and Robert Stillo are likely to play starter and backup instead. Kyle Bekker will likely see more time on the pitch after a praiseworthy first cap. Otherwise, expect the unexpected for this friendly, with changes and bad defending galore. But a result? Fuhgeddaboudit...seriously, if you were, you probably didn't watch the Denmark game. Or did you? Anyway, just do what Miller's doing: hope for a team game, 'cause don't expect any mercy from the USA.
So watch along with us here -- the game will be live on Sportsnet ONE (or West, if you're in the Prairie provinces) starting at 9pm ET (7pm MT/6pm PT), so turn on the TV, pour yourself a drink of choice, and
weep in sorrow as they go from Boyz II Men as we watch Canada's next generation grow up in front of our eyes.