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USA-Canada in scoreless friendly; Sounders’ Johnson and Evans start, but Sodade passes

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm with No Comments »
January 29, 2013 8:10 pm

Final: It ends in a scoreless draw. Brad Evans goes the whole way, Eddie Johnson goes 73 minutes.

Update: Both Sounders are starting. Here’s the USA first 11: S. Johnson; Beltran, Gonzalez, Besler, Morrow; Beckerman ©, Zusi, Davis, Evans; Wondolowski, E. Johnson

US SoccerPreview: A quick reminder that the U.S. men’s national team will meet Canada at 6 p.m. today at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Sounders Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans are both in the starting lineup. The game will be shown on ESPN2. (Game preview here.)

“I spoke to both Brad and Eddie yesterday,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “They didn’t know lineups, but they felt pretty good about their chances of playing. They’ve both been doing well. They’re healthy. They’re fit. We talked that after the game we were going to give them a few days off anyway. We’ll see if they get called into the Honduras camp, and they’ll either join us in Casa Grande towards the weekend, or they’ll be gone for the Honduras camp and join us after that.”

One Sounder who will not be in Houston is second-year forward Babayele Sodade, who was invited to the Canadian camp, but declined after missing most of his rookie season with an ACL injury.

“They called me up for the camp that’s going on right now – to play against Denmark and the USA,” he said. “It would have been nice to go, but I knew where I was soccer-wise, and I knew that I wouldn’t make a good showing there. I’d rather make the mistakes here with my club team than make the mistakes with my country and waste my time and also waste their time. Right now, here is the place where I need to get better, so next time I’m called up to the Canadian camp I’m sharper and ready to go.”

Schmid said they had discussed the issue, but the decision was Sodade’s.

“I think it was the right decision, because I don’t think he was ready at the time when Canada was coming in,” he said. “He hasn’t played a game in over a year, and to go try out for your national team when you haven’t played a game in a year is a tough thing, especially when you’re trying to make an impression. So for him, I think it was the right decision. If you’re a guy who already has 30 caps and already proven yourself to the coach, maybe you can come in and you can participate and the coach understands where you’re at. But for him – he’s a young guy, he’s trying to make his way – and I think being here, going through the preseason with us, and not having that pressure of trying to impress a coach and trying to make a national team with a right decision for him.”

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