The game will be called a rivalry, because every time Canada plays the United States in sports it is branded as such. But really the United States haven't been "rivaled" by Canada on the field for many years now. The United States have consistently been making World Cups, while Canada has been consistently out of the top 100 countries in the FIFA rankings.
However a lot has changed since the two countries last met in 2013. The United States had a difficult 2015 which saw them fall to the 32 spot in the FIFA rankings, and third in CONCACAF. They lost the CONCACAF Cup final to Mexico, and bowed out of the Gold Cup in the Semi-finals to Jamaica.
Canada, on the other hand, has had a huge resurgence. They lost only two games in 2015 and culminated the year by getting four points in their first two World Cup qualifiers, including a meaningful 1-0 victory over Honduras. Canada has risen to 85th in the World, and eight in CONCACAF.
Could this be the night that Canada finally defeats the Yanks for the first time in the 21st century? It's unlikely, but it has been a long time since the team's have been this close. Maybe the closest they have been since a controversial offside decision (read: wrong), saw Canada lost 2-1 in the 2007 Gold Cup.
For a full and more extended preview of the game, Waking the Red looks at why this game is about the process and not the result for Canada. We also looked at the keys to the match for Canada earlier this week, breaking down what Floro's men will try to accomplish. Finally, here is how the rest of the United States camp has gone so far, with a special emphasis on Toronto FC's players.
Canada Starting XI: Crepeau; De Jong, Lefevre, Vitoria, Ledgerwood, Straith, Johnson, De Guzman, Akindele, Froese, Larin
Montreal Impact keeper Max Crepeau will start in goal for Canada ahead of a very new-look backline that sees Steven Vitoria make his debut. Vitoria will be joined by regular Marcel De Jong and Nik Ledgerwood at fullback, and will be paired with Wandrille Lefevre of the Montreal Impact.
The midfield trio is two-thirds the same as that which Canada played for its World Cup qualifiers, with the exception of Atiba Hutchinson who will be replaced by Adam Straith. Will Johnson will make his first start with Canada as a member of Toronto FC, while Julian De Guzman will once again wear the captain's armband.
Up front Canada is looking for a young trio of MLSers for offense. League rookie of the year Cyle Larin will play in the middle, while Kianz Froese of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Tesho Akindele of FC Dallas are on the wings.
United States Starting XI: Bingham; Birnbaum, Jones, Besler, Acosta; Zardes, Bradley, Diskerud, Nguyen; Morris, Altidore
Similar to Canada, the United States will also be starting an inexperienced international keeper in David Bingham of the San Jose Earthquakes. Their backline consists of Steve Birnbaum, Jermaine Jones, Matt Besler and Kellyn Acosta. It's an all-MLS crew that will be difficult for Canada to break down.
Michael Bradley will captain the United States, and lead their midfield. He will be joined by the very always dangerous Gyasi Zardes of LA Galaxy, Mix Diskerud of New York City FC and Lee Nguyen of the New England Revolution.
Up front the Americans will rely again on Toronto FC's Jozy Altidore, who scored in America's 3-2 win over Iceland last month. Wunderkind Jordan Morris will start alongside him, after recently joining the Seattle Sounders out of college.
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