USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Saturday, February 6, 2016
CARSON, Calif. – Canadian goalkeeper Max Crepeau was denied a dream international debut as Jozy Altidore’s late goal gave the United States a 1-0 victory at StubHub Center on Friday night in an international exhibition.
A standout for FC Montreal in 2015, Crepeau was handed his first cap by Head Coach Benito Floro and was impressive throughout as he recorded six saves to keep Canada in the game as it was outshot 17-4 over the course of the contest.
“It has been a very good performance,” Floro told reporters after the game. “Maxime is one of the younger [players and] we believe [in him] a lot. And for me, this moment is a good day for us because the other goalkeepers are older ‘keepers, so we need a young boy like Crepeau.”
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Crepeau made 11 appearances for FC Montreal in 2015 on loan from the Montreal Impact, as he recorded a team-best four shutouts, 1.18 goals-against average and .776 save percentage. While yet to make his MLS debut, Crepeau looked confident throughout the contest as he made good saves to deny shots by Michael Bradley and Gyasi Zardes, and a strong header by Steve Birnbaum.
The 21-year-old, who has represented Canada at the U17, U20 and U23 levels and had previously been called into senior Canadian camps, relished the opportunity to make his first appearance for the full national team.
“Obviously it’s a good experience,” he told MLSsoccer.com’s Alicia Rodriguez. “I love it. When I was on the field I was just enjoying it, don’t think about anything and just playing soccer with the boys. So I think it went pretty well for me. “
One of six Canadian players who saw the field on Friday after competing in the USL in 2015, Crepeau is hoping he will get the chance to take a step up the Impact’s pecking order this season behind expected starter Evan Bush.“Overall my goal is to get some professional minutes in the Cup and in the league,” Crepeau said. “If for whatever reason our goalkeeper in Montreal can’t play, I can step in, and I think I showed tonight that I can do the job while the season is on.”