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Lagerback respects Aron Johannsson's decision to pick U.S. over Iceland

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore is happy to start his 10th year with the U.S. camp and believes young talents such as Jordan Morris will make the national team better.
Aron Johannsson has earned 19 USMNT caps since his debut in 2013.

CARSON, Calif. -- Iceland co-manager Lars Lagerback has no hard feelings towards Aron Johannsson for the Icelandic-American striker's 2013 decision to represent the United States over the country he was raised in.

Lagerback coaches Iceland -- which meets a Johannsson-less U.S. team in a friendly on Sunday (3:45 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN) -- along with Heimir Hallgrimsson. He was alone at the helm of the tiny (population: 325,000) nation's squad three years ago, when he unsuccessfully tried to recruit...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

U.S. Soccer confirms friendlies against Iceland and Canada

The ESPN FC crew debate who will win U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, with Brad Guzan and Fabian Johnson in the list.

The United States will play home friendlies against Iceland on Jan. 31 and Canada on Feb. 5 as it prepares for World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala in March.

Both games will be at Carson, California, U.S. Soccer confirmed on Tuesday. ESPN FC's Doug McIntyre previously reported the plans for the friendlies last week.

Players on the national team and under-23 team will gather in Carson for a training camp starting Jan. 4. Because the games are not on FIFA fixture dates, the squad will be filled with...

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Portugal's Fernando Santos: 'I don't believe in easy groups' after Euro draw

ESPN FC's Craig Burley feels Austria may pose a threat to Portugal in Group F.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos does not agree that his side landed in an easy group for Euro 2016 after they were drawn against Austria, Iceland and Hungary.

Austria qualified for the first time after reaching the 2008 Euros as co-hosts, while Iceland will make their debut and Hungary return for the first time since 1972.

Santos acknowledged that Portugal's opponents would be "very motivated" against the Group F favourites, but said there was no such thing as an easy group at this stage.

"I don't...