The US men’s soccer team has just undergone a complete medical update and will travel to Canada to begin training in earnest in the days leading up to the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The squad, which includes the likes of Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, will be heading to Toronto to begin a weeklong training camp and preseason.
It will then fly to Canada for a week of practice before heading to a host city for a three-game preseason series against Canada’s top two sides in the upcoming Hexagonal.
The USMNT will face Jamaica, Costa Rica and El Salvador in the first two matches before playing Mexico in the quarterfinals and finishing off the group stage with an aggregate victory against Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier at Olympic Stadium in Seattle on June 12.
“The US men have been doing a great job in terms of preparing for the World Cup,” head coach Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters on Tuesday.
“It is an exciting time for the program and it is a fantastic opportunity for us to get out and compete.
This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn and get better.
It is a chance to get some really good experiences.
I think it is going to be a very good group of guys to play against.”
The US have lost all four of their group matches in the Hexagonal so far, losing 3-0 to Panama in the Round of 16 and 2-0 at Jamaica in the final match of the qualifying cycle.
The loss in Seattle was particularly disappointing for Klinsman as he would have liked to have had the US win that match against Mexico in a much better position, but it didn’t happen.
After the team completed its pre-World Cup training in Canada on Monday, Klinsberg said he had the team prepared for the game with the expectation of a quick finish, but the US did not meet that expectation.
“I think we had a great pre-game meeting,” Klinsmeister said.
“We have the most important games and we are very focused on preparing to play them well.”
The two sides will meet again on Wednesday in the second leg of the Hex at Olympic Park, and Klinsmeier said the US will “play with passion” as they face Canada and Mexico.
“Canada is a good team.
They are a good soccer team, they are a very competitive team,” Klensmann said.”
We are going to play with passion and we have to win games.”
The first leg of CONCACF Gold Cup qualifying will take place on July 23 at Olympic Field in Seattle and will feature two semifinal matches and a winner-take-all final.