The match is scheduled to take place at the Toyota Stadium in Texas on January 31, 2014. The home crowd will be looking forward to another terrific display from USA’s female soccer stars. The last meeting between the two rivals produced a 3-0 result with Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan getting the goals.
The Canadians have bad memories of their last international game at Toyota Stadium. That was back in May 2007 when they succumbed to a 6-2 loss to the United States. Neutrals will be hoping for a much closer contest this time round although records recall that the hosts have won all games in Texas.
However, odds are totally against Canada who have lost 46 out of 54 encounters against the USWNT. Tom Sermanni’s ladies are flying high with a year-long unbeaten record (13W-3D-0L). The coach told the press:
Preview: Brazil face stiff Chile test in international friendly
Both Brazil and Chile have performed admirably in the recent past, having scored easy victories over Honduras and England respectively. Brazil scored an emphatic 5-0 victory over the Central Americans whereas Chile humbled the three lions 2-0 at Wembley.
Tuesday’s match will be an interesting encounter between two South American teams who have caught a few eyes. Brazil have been mesmerizing in 2013, having just lost twice under the tutelage of Luiz Felipe Scolari. The Samba giants have won all their last five matches in terrific fashion and Scolari has lauded his players for performing commendably as a unit.
Preview: Austria will be a tough test, after a scoreless draw in Scotland
Austria came up just short in Group C, as they finished three points behind Sweden. With 17 points from 10 matches, the Austrians will not have been too upset, considering they had Germany, Sweden and even the Republic of Ireland in their group.
Having to turn the page and look at their future beyond next year's World Cup, Austria has failed to qualify for a World Cup since 1998. They will now need to put all their focus on the upcoming European Championship in 2016, which will be held in France.
Preview: Much more than just a friendly between two rivals
The German camp is currently trying to fully absorb the loss of one of their own to an ACL injury. Sami Khedira is set to miss the next six months of competitive football and might not be match fit ahead of the World Cup. Joachim Löw, while unhappy, is not too worried. He sent both Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer home from the camp to Bayern so as to experiment with the rest of the squad members.
The defensive midfield combination he will try will thus be devoid of both the stalwarts from the past three years, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira. Löw has also sent Mesut Özil back to Arsenal. He has been criticized for favoring the Bayern players ahead of Dortmund’s players as he has allowed the Bayern players additional rest by sending two of them back before the crunch fixture against BVB on Saturday. Löw replied in a rather straightforward manner. This is what he had to say according to ESPN:
Preview: Two pre-World Cup favourites clash in Amsterdam
Colombia and the Netherlands will face off for the first time ever in history. Star striker Radamel Falcao has been tipped to mark the game and Dutch defender Ron Vlaar is looking forward to stopping him.
“These are the duels you look forward to as a player. Colombia is a completely different game. We can show what we have learned from the game against Japan,” he told the press.
Preview: South Africa's final match in 2013 will be a tough test
Spain will return to Johannesburg, where they lifted the World Cup trophy in 2010. This time the match will not be as important, but Vicente del Bosque's side will want to come away with another victory.
Both countries will be taking part in their final match in 2013, and neither will want to end things on a negative note.
For the current World Champions, they have continued their dominance in world football, as they claimed the top spot in their World Cup Qualification group. In a group that included France, La Roja were able to take first place, giving them yet another presence in a World Cup.
Preview: Argentina hoping to get the job done in the absence of Leo Messi
The Barcelona man has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury and will not be able to take part in Argentina’s tricky fixture against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Javier Mascherano who will be the stand in captain in the absence of the mercurial number 10 has lamented the loss of the most important player of the team, but has insisted that the injury is not very severe and that Messi is focused on getting back as early as possible.
“Not having Messi in the team is never a positive thing,” he said.
“Leo is fine now. He has passed the stage of logical bitterness that you get when you are injured and is now focused on getting better. It is just a muscle injury, so nothing too severe.”
Preview: The Azzurri and the Super Eagles – two confident sides
These are the sort of games that Nigeria must win. Regardless of the fact that this clash is not a competitive one, playing four-time World Cup champions Italy is always big. It is an opportunity for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations titleholders to test their metal following their short adventure at the FIFA Confederations Cup earlier this summer.
As the first African team to book tickets to Brazil 2014, the Super Eagles feel proud and have set their eyes on lifting the golden trophy next year. Lille-based Nigerian veteran goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was quoted by BBC Sport as saying:
Preview: Seleção poised to stretch winning streak to five games
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men take on Honduras in Miami this Saturday as they continue making preparations for the first ever FIFA World Cup to be held in their country in 64 years.
The Samba giants are on a good run having won all of their last four matches. The 2002 World Cup winners have revelled under the second coming of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and upon his arrival in November last year, Brazil have just lost twice in the 17 matches they have played.
Preview: La Roja under fire for scheduling this friendly match
Spain's presence in Equatorial Guinea has been considered the most important day in their sporting history by the government's official press bureau. But for others, Spain's visit to the once Spanish colony in West Africa has generated a lot of buzz.
The disparity in wealth between rich and poor is shocking. While some live a lavish lifestyle, others suffer to live their lives, earning less than $1 a day.
Preview: World Cup qualification achieved; now it's time to experiment
Ecuador will take on Alejandro Sabella's squad in a friendly match that will likely get a lot of attention in on the east coast in the USA. With both countries having already guaranteed their place in next year's World Cup, both managers will have a chance to test out some new options.
Argentina will first take on Ecuador, and they will then take on Bosnia-Herzegovina. That will give the Albiceleste a chance to see some of their options, but they will be without Lionel Messi for both.
The United States’ agenda in the last six months has been dominated by CONCACAF opponents due to the Gold Cup and the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The idea of playing European sides is to prepare for a higher level of football ahead of next year’s tournament.
Jurgen Klinsmann is yet to finalize his 2014 World Cup squad so friendly matches appear as a good opportunity for players to justify their inclusion. Friday’s friendly encounter against the Scots will go on without Clarence Goodson, Edgar Castillo and Landon Donovan.
These three players, along with goalkeeper Brad Guzan, are sidelined with injuries. The USMNT has however been boosted by the return of Michael Bradley. The AS Roma midfielder had to miss last month’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico.
Preview: German nightmares to be revived in Milan?
Germany will be without Mario Gomez going into this one. Bastian Schweinsteiger underwent ankle surgery recently and is set to be out as well. Miroslav Klose is a doubt after sustaining a shoulder injury for Lazio against Parma. Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker are both trying to recover from illnesses to get themselves ready for this match. All permutations concerned, young Max Kruse might lead the line in this friendly for the Germans. Other alternatives would include starting Mario Götze or Thomas Müller as a falsche neun.
Preview: Hodgson set to experiment as injuries pile up
Roy Hodgson is set to be without a number of star players as injuries continue to stack up at the England camp. Captain Steven Gerrard has been ruled out with a hip injury, whereas his club teammate Daniel Sturridge who has been on an impressive scoring run in the league will also miss the fixture.
Manchester United duo Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick who has been ruled out for at least six weeks will also not make the squad, whereas first choice right back Kyle Walker has also been declared as unavailable.
Preview: Gordon Strachan is still trying to find the right balance
Since taking over in January, Gordon Strachan has done a good job working with what he has at his disposal. He walked into the Scottish National Team with a tough task of qualifying for the World Cup, something his country has not done since 1998, but unfortunately they fell just short.
One positive for the Scotland fans will be their countries two victories to end their qualification campaign.
They defeated Macedonia, but the confidence boosting victory will have been their 2-0 triumph over Croatia. Now Scotland will turn their attention to a USA squad that will be present in next year's World Cup.
Preview: Perfect rehearsal for both World Cup participants
Belgian and Colombian football fans are enjoying the time of their lives and Thursday’s matchup will surely produce pure entertainment. The current generation of Belgium’s national football team players forms an enviable line up for any coach – with Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke and Eden Hazard constituting a terrifying attacking trio while Thibaut Courtois and Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet provide headaches to opposite strikers.
In the UEFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Les Diables Rouges proved too fierce for Group A’s five other contenders. They notched in a decent amount of 18 goals in 10 matches and conceded only four times. The road to Brazil was an enjoyable one for Belgium and the time has come for them to build up on what they have already achieved.
Five different ESPN channels – ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN, Watch ESPN and ESPN Deportes – will combine to feed viewers in the United States with top action from across the globe. It all begins this Wednesday with the thrilling intercontinental playoff between El Tri of Mexico and the Kiwis of New Zealand. The second leg of this tie, scheduled for November 20, will close ESPN networks’ international break coverage.
On Thursday, there will be an enticing friendly between world football’s fourth and fifth-ranked nations – Belgium and Colombia, respectively. This battle should serve as a perfect platform for both teams to test themselves ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
And it does not stop here as ESPN will mark your Friday with five matches from Europe. This package includes USA’s vital friendly fixture against Scotland and all UEFA World Cup qualifying playoffs.
Preview: Seleção hoping to extend win streak at the expense of Zambia
The five time World champions have been mesmerising upon Luiz Felipe Scolari’s second coming only losing twice in 2013 against England and Switzerland. With the World Cup drawing closer, Seleção have hit form at the right time and the football-mad Brazilian fans are hopeful of their side once again revelling on the international stage.
If they beat Zambia on Tuesday, it will be Brazil’s fourth consecutive victory. Last time out Scolari’s side defeated South Korea 2-0 courtesy of a sublime free kick from Barcelona man Neymar and a second half strike from Chelsea playmaker Oscar.
Preview: Neymar set to star in South Korea friendly
The Barcelona man reportedly injured his hip during training after colliding with teammate Hernanes and was expected to be rested for the match against The Reds. However manager Luiz Felipe Scolari speaking to a press conference revealed that his star forward is fit to start in Saturday’s encounter.
"Neymar’s fully recovered. There will be no problem with him starting tomorrow," assured Scolari.
Scolari also claimed that he is willing to offer chances to other players who prove their worth and singled out Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva who was assured of opportunities in the first team.
Preview: Portuguese and Brazilian fans will fill Gillete Stadium to see their idols
When you hear of a meeting between Portugal and Brazil, you would instantly think of a battle between two football superstars. Whether you are a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, or both, they have both earned their spot at the top of world football's list of great stars.
On Tuesday night, both countries will meet at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Ma. Due to the large amount of Portuguese and Brazilian fans living in the surrounding areas, this match is expected to have a near full to capacity attendance.
One frustration for Portugal fans will be the exclusion of Ronaldo from the team due to injury, after the Real Madrid star netted a hattrick against Northern Ireland on Friday.