US soccer team plays Canada in January in Houston

The U.S. soccer team will open its 2013 schedule with an

exhibition game against Canada at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium on

Jan. 29.

The Americans will hold a training camp from Jan. 14-27 in

Carson, Calif. The U.S. has pushed back and shortened the annual

camp, which started in 2004 and is mostly for players from Major

League Soccer and Scandinavian teams on winter break.

Seeking their seventh straight World Cup appearance, the

Americans open the final round of World Cup qualifying Feb. 6

against Honduras at San Pedro Sula.

Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama also are in the

six-nation group, which will produce three qualifiers for the 2014

World Cup in Brazil. The fourth-place team advances to a playoff

for another berth, likely against New Zealand.

The U.S. and Canada tied 0-0 on June 3 in Toronto. The U.S.

Soccer Federation announced next month’s game Monday.