October 17, 2021

Positives & negatives from the USMNT draw at El Salvador — and whats to come vs. Canada | MLSSoccer.com – MLSsoccer.com


Win at home, draw on the road, right? The US were always going to look at this game as a necessary three points. The Canadians, meanwhile, had an even more frustrating start to their qualifying campaign, as they suffered a 1-1 home draw against Honduras at BMO Field despite (or maybe because of) Jon Herdman YOLO’ing all his attackers into the starting XI.

It didn’t work. Canada were poor in the first half, but Herdman made a good halftime sub and changed the team’s shape, and was rewarded with a very promising second half. Truth is they should’ve had the full three points, but just like the US, they were a little sloppy, a little selfish and a lot unlucky. Much of it was self-inflicted.

Bear in mind that for both teams, there will be significant squad rotation. Here’s my guess at the US XI: