What, exactly, do you take away from the United States men's national team's January camp games? As a rule, very little. And certainly nothing about the team as a whole. These friendlies in Southern California, bookending a long preseason camp mostly held for the USA's domestically based players, are the equivalent of spring training games in baseball. Or the NBA preseason. They're about regaining a feel for competition, intended for rediscovering stamina and sharpness.
The topsy-turvy 3-2 victory over Iceland and the shoddy 1-0 win against Canada lent themselves to no significant conclusions about where the national team is or where it is going in this year of World Cup qualifiers and a stateside Copa America Centenario.
Over 180 minutes we did, however, see some glimpses and glean some impressions of a few players individually. So let's break it down.
Jozy Altidore looked fit and sharp
Never mind the goal he got in each game, or his assist against Iceland. Altidore was slowed byRead More »from What we learned from the U.S. men's national team's January friendlies