TORONTO, Canada.- Two North American rivals meet in Concacaf Nations League action with Canada hosting the United States in Group A of League A on Tuesday at BMO Field in Toronto.
While the rivals are familiar, having played four times in the Gold Cup and meeting in various friendly matches, it’s the first time since 1997 Canada is hosting the Americans for a competitive match.
Both teams were able to start CNL play off in a positive way, with Canada beating Cuba twice and the U.S. coming off Friday’s 7-0 home victory over the Caribbean side. With Cuba unable to finish better than second, the group will come down to this game and the return match in Orlando on November 15.
The U.S. won’t have young center back Miles Robinson after he was injured in a post-match training session, but otherwise coach Gregg Berhalter will have the same group, including Weston McKennie fresh off his hat-trick.
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley could come into the midfield in the stadium where he plays his club matches.
Canada manager John Herdman has his normal stable of dangerous attackers, with Bayern’s Alphonso Davies, Gent’s Jonathan David, Puebla’s Lucas Cavallini and Bradley’s TFC teammate Jonathan Osorio in the fold.
The performance of a defense anchored by young Whitecaps center back Derek Cornelius with Doneil Henry suspended will be key for Herdman’s side.