It wasn’t hard to find the man-bites-dog angle in the United States’ 1-0 win over Canada Friday in Carson, Calif.
The friendly was decided just before the 90th minute, thanks to a perfect cross from Ethan Finlay that found the head of Jozy Altidore, who simply overpowered Canadian fullback Sam Adekugbe in the penalty area. The irony is that Finlay had been the subject of some will-he-play-for-Canada speculation over the past couple of years — and Canadian coach Benito Floro admitted that some overtures had been made to the American-player-with-Canadian-lineage.
Minutes after coming on as a sub, Finlay provided the goal for Altidore — who, had he been shooting straight, would have easily had a hat trick.
With Friday not being an official FIFA international date, neither Floro nor U.S. national-team coach Jurgen Klinsmann had anything close to a full-strength lineup at their disposals. Floro gave debuts to central defender Steven Vitoria — recently repatriated from the Portuguese program — and goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, who both started.
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