It was a busy couple days for friendlies outside of the draw between Switzerland and the USMNT, with some MLS players doing work in the mix.
No. 1 overall MLS pick Cyle Larin continued his remarkable rise by breaking his international duck (The 19-year-old had not represented his country at a single youth level until a breakout freshman season at UConn.
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Portugal 0-2 Cape Verde
You know how they always say to never underestimate Cape Verde on the road in a friendly? Neither do we, but the Blue Sharks built a two-goal lead over largely second-string Portugal on goals by Odair Fortes (Reims) and Gege (Maritimo) before a 60th minute red card to Andre Pinto made the visitors’ path to the upset much easier. This is a Cape Verde side that drew Luxembourg 0-0 in its only other non-African-based match since the start of 2014.
Netherlands 2-0 Spain
Guus Hiddink will feel relieved after his side found a pair of ways to beat David De Gea and Spain. Two goals in four first-half minutes set the Dutch up for victory, with Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij and Ajax’s Davy Klaassen netting for the home side.
Puerto Rico 0-3 Canada
Benito Floro’s Canada stayed perfect on this international break by following up a 1-0 win over Guatemala with a blanking of Puerto Rico in Bayamon. Tosaint Ricketts (Hapoel Haifa), Randy Edwini-Bonsu (Stuttgarter Kickers) and Larin (Orlando City) scored for the Canucks, with Larin picking up his first senior international goal. Next up for Canada: World Cup 2018 second stage qualifiers against Dominica. But first, here’s Larin:
Marcel de Jong (Sporting KC), Kyle Bekker (FC Dallas), Karl Ouimette (New York Red Bulls), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Maxim Tissot (Montreal Impact) also suited up for the Canadian side, with Bekker, Tissot and de Jong all starting.
Liechtenstein 1-0 San Marino
Estonia 1-1 Iceland
Russia 0-0 Kazakhstan
Switzerland 1-1 United States
Sweden 3-1 Iran
Ukraine 1-1 Latvia
Luxembourg 1-2 Turkey
Austria 1-1 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Slovakia 1-0 Czech Republic
Italy 1-1 England
Colombia 3-1 Kuwait
Qatar 1-0 Slovenia
Macedonia 0-0 Australia
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier
Israel 0-1 Belgium