Canada holds uninspired United States
The US men’s team played a scoreless draw against Canada on Sunday night, failing to convert a couple of strong chances in its third friendly in eight days.
Clarence Goodson tried a header off a free kick during stoppage time, but Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld knocked the ball over the bar. Goodson also missed a close opportunity early on, shooting wide to the left.
The U.S. stretched its unbeaten streak against its northern neighbors to 15 games in its first game in Canada since Roy Wegerle had two goals in a 3-0 victory in World Cup qualifying on Nov. 9, 1997, in Vancouver. It holds a 13-8-10 advantage in the series.
Canada, which was seeking its first win against the U.S. since a 2-0 victory in Vancouver on April 2, 1985, also had a strong chance during stoppage time, but substitute Simeon Jackson failed to connect after collecting a pass from Dwayne De Rosario.
While the US team has been busy lately, the Canadians played together for the first time since a 3-1 loss to Armenia in February.
The Americans beat Scotland 5-1 on May 26, then lost to Brazil 4-1 on Wednesday.
The U.S. controlled most of the early action. Jermaine Jones’ shot was blocked in the second minute and Goodson missed about a minute later.
But the Canadians settled in and began to do some attacking of their own. De Rosario shot wide right in the ninth minute.
Hirschfield and US goalkeeper Tim Howard were both tested in the first half. Hirschfeld tipped a shot from Edgar Castillo over the bar in the 15th minute, and Howard denied Tosaint Ricketts eight minutes later.
Nik Ledgerwood put the ball into the top left corner of the goal for Canada in the 34th minute but it didn’t count after because of a foul.
NOTES: Canada plays its World Cup qualifying second-round opener on Friday at Cuba. The teams last met in June 2011 when the US beat Canada 2-0 at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.