stubhub_smallThe U.S. Men’s Soccer Team will play Canada Friday night in an exhibition at StubHub Center, hoping to resume its winning ways against its neighbor to the north.

The U.S. has a 16-game undefeated streak against Canada dating back to 1985, with eight victories and eight ties. However, the last two games, played June 3, 2012, in Toronto and Jan. 29, 2013, in Houston have ended in scoreless ties.

The U.S. leads the series, 13-8-11, last losing to the Canadians 2-0 on April 2, 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The U.S. has not lost to Canada in the U.S. since a 3-2 loss in a World Cup qualifier on July 6, 1957, at St. Louis’ Public School Ground, with eight victories and nine ties since then.

There are two changes to the U.S. roster from Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Iceland at StubHub Center, as defenders Brad Evans and Michael Orozco have been released back to their club teams.

Evans experienced tightness in a hamstring during the game and is being removed as a precaution in order to be ready for the preseason with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer, a U.S. Soccer official said.

Evans, who was UC Irvine’s career goal-scoring leader when he completed his career with the Anteaters in 2006, played the opening 45 minutes Sunday.

Orozco was only scheduled to play in Sunday’s game under an agreement with Mexico’s Club Tijuana and returned to his team following the game.

Orozco, a native of Orange who played for the Irvine Strikers club team, played all 90 minutes Sunday, scoring his fourth international goal in the 59th minute, tying the score 2-2.

The 24-player U.S. roster combines five players who played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup — midfielders Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud and Jermaine Jones, forward Jose Altidore and defender Matt Besler — and nine eligible for the under-23 men’s national team that will seek to qualify for the Summer Olympics.

The roster consists of 21 players who play in Major League Soccer, one in Germany (forward Jerome Kiesewetter) and two who are unattached, Jones and midfielder Perry Kitchen.

Three players have ties to Southern California — forward Gyasi Zardes, a former standout at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale who has played for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy since 2013; defender Steve Birnbaum, an alumnus of Northwood High School in Irvine; and defender Brandon Vincent of Valencia, who completed his senior season at Stanford last month and was chosen by the Chicago Fire with the fourth overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 14.

Birnbaum scored the winning goal in the 90th minute in his second game with the national team. He also assisted on Orozco’s goal.

Zardes played the first 74 minutes Sunday. Vincent was not in uniform.

Canada will be playing its first game of 2016. It has been training in San Diego.

Canada is 85th in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s worldwide governing body. The U.S. is ranked 32nd.

Canada’s roster consists of 11 players who play in Major League Soccer, four in the second-tier North American Soccer League, one each in England, Finland, Norway, Portugal and Malaysia, one college player, Kentucky goalkeeper Callum Irving, and two who are unattached, forward Caleb Clarke and and midfielder Iain Hume.

—City News Service

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