The United States men’s national soccer team is off to a roaring start in 2016, having recently taken down Iceland in thrilling fashion and moving full speed ahead to their next challenge -- Canada. The site is set for Carson, California at the StubHub Center at 10:15 p.m. ET on Friday, February 5, where the U.S. will prepare for its second match of the new year and Canada will make its 2016 debut.
This isn’t a time of frenzy, but both the United States and Canada will want to make good use of this International Friendly match. Friday’s showdown will mark the 34th time USA and Canada face off on a soccer field and can go a long way to help both sides work out any issues as they both move closer to World Cup qualifiers, which are set to begin in March. While meaningful games are a month away, don’t tell any diehard soccer fans this particular contest doesn’t mean something, as these neighboring rivals never scoff at a chance to take each other down a peg or two.
Fans wanting to take in the action on Friday, February 5, can file into StubHub Center for a solid rate, as United States vs. Canada tickets are just $68.92 on average, while the cheap seats are a very reasonable $42, per TiqIQ.com. Even more reasonable is the parking near the stadium, as Los Angeles parking on ParkWhiz.com starts as low as $3.
The value for this rivalry is amazing, which allows fans to focus simply on taking down the other side. The United States has a chance to add to its success against Canada, as they already hold a solid 13-8-12 record since first clashing back in 1916. The two sides haven’t met up much in the last six years, however, with just three matches (USA is 1-0-2) coming since 2010. That makes Friday’s battle at the StubHub Center a bit of a rarity, which adds even more value to USA soccer tickets.
The USMNT’s defense will be on high alert for this one after stumbling into a 2-1 hole against Iceland in their first friendly of the year. Their offense was their saving grace, however, as defender Steve Birnbaum came up big with an assist and the game-winning goal. USA fans will hope for more traditional offense this time around, but a similar 3-2 win over Canada would suffice.
While USA fans surely will be getting up to play their rivals from the north, Canada definitely will want to make some noise with a big win in Santa Clara. Canada hasn’t tasted a soccer win over the United States in over 20 years, with their last two wins coming in a dominant stretch from 1980-1989. Since then, the U.S. has held a staggering 8-0-6 hold over their rivals. USA fans will hope the streak continues on when the action starts at 10:15 p.m. ET at the StubHub Center.