Everything You Missed Today in American Soccer: February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016

Last night, the United States men’s national team defeated Iceland 3-2 in the first of two January camp friendlies. The winner was scored by D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum in the 90th minute.

The game also represented first caps for a host of players, including Ethan Finlay, Kellyn Acosta, Tony Tchani and Jerome Kiesewetter, as well as Lee Nguyen’s first start for the national team.

Nguyen looked particularly sharp in the contest and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann praised his midfielder after the contest.

One of the downsides of the game, however, was the attendance in Carson, California as the U.S. drew only 8,803 fans for the match. This seemed especially paltry when compared to what the U.S. women drew only a week ago in nearby San Diego.

Surprisingly, the attendance for the men’s and women’s sides at home matches is much closer than many would assume.

And while we’re discussing numbers, how about this fact?

Abroad, there were two big pieces of news on transfer deadline day. Erik Palmer-Brown was loaned by Sporting Kansas City to Porto FC and Shane O’Neill continued his tour of lower-level European teams with a loan to English League Two side Cambridge United.

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