Jurgen Klinsmann‘s USA Men’s National Team completed their January camp with a 1-0 win over Benito Floro‘s Canada at StubHub Center on Friday. Jozy Altidore scored in the 89th minute after a long, drawn-out arm wrestle which saw plenty of chances on both ends, but zero finish to back it up. The goal was Altidore’s 33rd of his career with the USMNT.
“It was one of those games where we felt we were always there, on the doorstep,” Altidore told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “That bit of sharpness wasn’t there – the last pass, the last cross – but to win the game the manner we did was kind of fitting, to end the camp on kind of a real positive high. There were a few chances where I just made the wrong decision, and I was just mad at myself and should have been better.”
“He looked good the whole camp, he looked good [in Sunday’s 3-2 win] against Iceland, and he hit the post already after, I don’t know, 20 minutes of the game,” Klinsmann added. “So we knew he gets his chances and, hopefully, sooner or later he puts one in the back of the net. I mean, he took a little bit his time.
“Good energy, he’s hungry, he wants to prove himself, that this is 2016, ‘this is my year.’ He knows there’s a huge [Copa America] tournament coming up in June, so he started really on the right foot this year. And he deserved that goal; he deserved it. He was trying hard, he missed a couple, then he put it in.”
Canada’s goalkeeper was Montreal Impact Homegrown Player Maxime Crepeau, who put on a strong shift despite the losing margin, making six saves and a near-shutout on debut.
“It has been a very good performance,” Floro told MLSSoccer.com’s Alicia Rodriguez. “Maxime is one of the younger [players and] we believe [in him] a lot. And for me, this moment is a good day for us because the other goalkeepers are older ‘keepers, so we need a young boy like Crépeau.”
“Obviously it’s a good experience,” Crepeau said. “I love it. When I was on the field I was just enjoying it, don’t think about anything and just playing soccer with the boys. So I think it went pretty well for me.
“My goal this year is to be second [goalkeeper] in Montreal, get some professional minutes, Canadian [Championship] is a great option. But overall my goal is to get some professional minutes in the cup and in the league. If for whatever reason our goalkeeper in Montreal can’t play, I can step in, and I think I showed tonight that I can do the job while the season is on.”