ORLANDO, Florida.- It’s the match that likely will decide Group A when the United States hosts Canada at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Friday.
The U.S. needs to get all six possible points from this international window to match Canada’s nine points through its first three matches and also overcome their northern neighbor’s current advantage on goal difference.
A 2-0 win for Canada last month at Toronto’s BMO Field set the stage for the showdown, with a goal from Alphonso Davies giving Canada the edge in the 63rd minute and a late tally by Lucas Cavallini adding the punctuation mark to Canada’s first win over the U.S. in 34 years.
The Stars and Stripes will have pull it off without two of its biggest stars. Attacker Christian Pulisic is not in the team because of a hip injury suffered with Chelsea and midfielder Michael Bradley is out because of an ankle issue picked up in Sunday’s MLS Cup final.
Defenders John Brooks and Sergino Dest return, though, with Seattle Sounders teammates Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan also included after their MLS Cup triumph.
Leading League A with nine goals and tied with Mexico in assists (6), Canada gets defender Doneil Henry back after he missed the previous match with a suspension.