USA forward Jozy Altidore (pictured) tries to get position on Doneil Henry of Canada during their international friendly on February 5, 2016, in in Carson, California. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)
CARSON, California -- Jozy Altidore's point-blank header in the 89th minute lifted the United States to a 1-0 victory over Canada in an international friendly at the StubHub Center on Friday night.
Ethan Finlay, who had replaced Jordan Morris only a minute earlier, sent a left-wing cross into the area that the 26-year-old forward headed past goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau from three yards at the far post.
It was Altidore’s 33rd international goal, good for fourth place on the U.S. career list and only one behind retired Eric Wynalda. The Toronto FC star also scored for the Americans in their 3-2 victory over Iceland last Sunday.
The goal snapped a 297-minute scoreless streak between these two border rivals and spoiled a superb international debut by Crepeau.
Altidore was denied by the Canadian custodian in the 17th minute, taking a Gyasi Zardes feed and ripping a shot off the right post that hit Crepeau and the post again. Four minutes later, Crepeau punched away Zardes' 12-yard shot. He caught center back Jermaine Jones' header off a Michael Bradley corner kick in the 26th minute and smothered Bradley's 28-yard attempt in the 39th minute.
The host continued its pressure in the second half and Crepeau, 21, remained solid. The Montreal Impact product knocked away Lee Nguyen's shot from inside the penalty area in the 53rd minute and saved Altidore's shot two minutes later.
Crepeau continued his outstanding display in the 71st minute, denying second-half substitute Brandon Vincent with a kick save. With seven minutes left in normal time, he tracked back to swat away a chip from distance by Altidore.
The U.S. and Canada will return to action on March 25 with World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and Mexico, respectively.
February 5, 2016: StubHub Center – Carson, California, USA (Att: 9,274)
USA 1 (Jozy Altidore 89’)
USA: David Bingham; Steve Birnbaum, Jermaine Jones, Matt Besler, Kellyn Acosta (Brandon Vincent 46’), Gyasi Zardes (Jerome Kiesewetter 61’), Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud (Wil Trapp 77’), Lee Nguyen (Darlington Nagbe 61’); Jordan Morris (Ethan Finlay 88’), Jozy Altidore (Perry Kitchen 90’+2).
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
Canada: Maxime Crepeau; Nik Ledgerwood (Doneil Henry 46’), Adam Straith, Julian de Guzman, Will Johnson, Cyle Larin (Samuel Adekugbe 78’), Wandrille Lefevre (Kyle Bekker 46’), Steven Vitoria, Kianz Froese (Issey Nakajima-Farran 46’), Marcel De Jong (Jamar Dixon 85’), Tesho Akindele (Iain Hume 72’).
Head coach: Benito Floro
R: Marlon Mejia (El Salvador); AR1: Geovany Garcia (El Salvador); AR2: Douglas Bermudez (El Salvador); 4th: Jair Marrufo (USA)