The last time the United States Men's National Team scored a goal against Canada was back in the 2011 Gold Cup. And for 88 minutes, it appeared that the two sides were headed for a third consecutive goal less draw.
That is until Ethan Finlay, who entered just a minute before, cut back a cross on the left wing that Jozy Altidore smashed home in the 89th minute to give the US a 1-0 win.
Lee Nguyen of the New England Revolution started at left midfield again and played sixty minutes while Jermaine Jones started and played all ninety minutes at centerback.
The USMNT struggled to generate chances in the first half, though Steve Birnbaum nearly opened the scoring with another set piece header only to be denied by Canadian keeper Maxime Crepeau. In the second half, the additions of Jerome Kiesewetter, Darlington Nagbe and Finlay helped to capitalize on the momentum the US built in the second half.
Substitute left-back Brandon Vincent on his international debut also provided a spark down the left flank, supporting Nguyen and Nagbe while providing decent service into the box. Vincent also had a shot saved by Crepeau in the 71st minute.
Other big chances in the build up to the eventual winner were a pair of Altidore free kicks, one blocked and one shot wide of the post. Kiesewetter nearly finding Jozy on a separate header in the 83rd minute that was flashed down and wide of Crepeau's post. The Canadian keeper on his international debut made 6 saves and was solid throughout save for a near own goal that was saved by his post. US keeper David Bingham, also on his debut, did not record a save as the US out shot Canada 17-4 while putting seven shots on target.
The disappointments on the day were Jones, who is too undisciplined with his positioning at centerback. In the 42nd minute he ranged forward on an attack, but a turnover from Gyasi Zardes gave Canada a counterattack and a foul from Matt Besler the game's first caution. Likewise, Zardes struggled again as a midfielder, struggling to maintain possession and link up with the forwards. Michael Bradley and Mix Diskerud in the center midfield were fine if unspectacular in a flat 4-4-2 formation.
Overall, the camp was a resounding success for players like Lee Nguyen, fullbacks Kellyn Acosta and Brandon Vincent and wingers Finlay and Kiesewetter among others. Jurgen Klinsmann brought in several Olympic eligible players to help prepare them for their playoff against Colombia next week and several of them had positive moments on the field. Two wins against Iceland and Canada don't hurt either.
The United States next games will be against Guatemala in World Cup qualifiers on March 25th and 29th, the latter game being played at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.