The U.S. Men's National team will kick off the 2013 campaign with a match against regional rival Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium, the home of the Houston Dynamo, on January 29.
The match will be played at the end of annual January camp and is the only game prior to the start of final round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“The match against Canada will come at the end of an important training camp as we get players ready for the World Cup qualifier against Honduras, and also get a good look at some up and coming players in the National Team pool,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Obviously we have a great history with Canada, and they were unlucky not to qualify for the final round. For us, it’s a great way to start off the centennial year of U.S. Soccer.”
The National Team will also host a public training session the day before the match on Jan. 28, at the stadium. Soccer will be celebrating its 100-year Anniversary in 2013, and will be hosting a number of events throughout the year to celebrate.
The U.S. leads the series with Canada, 13-8-10, including a 10-1-8 record on home soil. The U.S. is riding a 15-game unbeaten streak (8-0-7) since dropping a 2-0 decision to Canada on April 2, 1985, in Vancouver. The teams last met June 3, 2012, dueling to a scoreless draw in Toronto. The match was part of the Canadian Soccer Association's 100-year anniversary celebration.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will continue its bid to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when the Hexagonal opens on Feb. 6, 2013, on the road against Honduras. The U.S. is joined by Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama as the final six teams set to compete in the 10-game round-robin format from Feb. 6-Oct. 15, 2013. The top three teams automatically advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place finisher will contest a two-game playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.