No Rob Friend? No surprise. A 4-4-1-1 and not a 4-3-3? Again, no surprise. Canada is going with exactly the same lineup they played against Ecuador in a friendly last week in tonight's Gold Cup Group C match against the United States. A team some pegged as a potential surprise team in this tournament, the Canucks can make a statement very early on with a result against the Americans at Ford Field in Detroit, MI.
The most interesting match up will be the United States' Landon Donovan against Canada's Will Johnson. Everyone knows that without Donovan the U.S. attack slows considerably and Johnson is the type of player that can make things difficult on Donovan. Johnson does not know the meaning of the word tired and has the ability to run with Donovan, keeping him from finding the open space he likes to run in.
Canada (4-4-1-1): Hirschfeld; Ledgerwood, McKenna, Hainault, de Jong; Johnson, Dunfield, Simpson, Hutchinson; De Rosario; Jackson
Bench: Borjan, Klukowski, Beaulieu-Bourgault, Peters, Friend, Gerba, Ricketts