TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 3: Tim Howard #1 of USA makes a save against Canada during their international friendly match on June 3, 2012 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

USA Vs. Canada: Bad Teams Play Bad In 0-0 Draw

The United States and Canada start World Cup qualifying next week. Neither looked ready for real games on Sunday night.

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USA Vs. Canada: Final Score, Bad Match Ends Scoreless

Coming into the United States' run of five games in a month -- three friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers -- Jurgen Klinsmann referred to the series as a five-game tournament. Through those five games, the United States have a win, a loss, and a draw. They have looked worse in each successive game. They were good against Scotland and at least had positives to take away from the loss to Brazil, but there wasn't much to like about Sunday's 0-0 draw against Canada.

Nikolas Ledgerwood had a good goal disallowed in the 34th minute for Canada, Tim Howard was forced into more saves than anyone could have reasonably expected against a Canada side that looked anything but sharp in the last round of World Cup qualifying, and Simeon Jackson missed a stoppage time sitter that would have given Canada the win. The United States had most of the possession, but Canada had the much better chances, and they weren't good by any stretch of the imagination.

With Clint Dempsey healthy for the first time this summer, Klinsmann re-introduced him into the team, but did not drop Jose Torres, who had been playing in what was presumed to be Dempsey's place. Instead, he dropped Maurice Edu, forcing Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones into more defensive roles than they played in the previous two games. They did not excel in those roles and looked nothing like the players that dominated the game against Scotland, through no fault of their own.

Clarence Goodson put together a solid performance in defense for the United States and was probably the only player who improved his standing in the team with the way he played on Sunday night. He almost stole a win with a great header from six yards out in stoppage time, just seconds after Jackson's shocking miss at the other end, but Lars Hirschfeld came up with a big save. It was the United States' best opportunity of the game by a longshot. It came from a central defender in stoppage time, which says everything about how little the United States did going forward in the match.

The United States begins their World Cup qualifying campaign on June 8 in Tampa, Florida against Antigua and Barbuda. Canada plays their first third round match in Cuba on the same day.


USA Vs. Canada: Halftime Score, No Goals In Static Match

The United States changed their team and their formation for their friendly match against Canada, and so far they haven't seen too many positive results. There have been a couple of solid set piece opportunities and some nice attacks going through Clint Dempsey, but the USMNT have looked static for the most part. Canada doesn't have much of the ball, but they've looked like the more dangerous team so far. At halftime, the teams are locked up in a 0-0 draw at BMO Field in Toronto.

Clarence Goodson is the third central defender to get a run-out for the United States after Geoff Cameron started against Scotland and Oguchi Onyewu got a start against Brazil. He had a couple of good opportunities to score on set pieces in the opening 10 minutes of the game, but missed both of them.

Edgar Castillo learned that he'd be starting just minutes before the match started when first choice left back Fabian Johnson tweaked an injury during warm-ups. He had a strong start to the game and has been a threat going forward for the United States, but had a couple of giveaways in his own half in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

Canada's first big chance came 10 minutes into the game, through Dwyane De Rosario. After a long spell where the United States controlled possession, the Canadians got forward quickly and created an opportunity for their star. He ripped a shot from the edge of the penalty area toward the far post, but it took a slight deflection and dribbled just wide of Tim Howard's goal.

In the 34th minute, Canada had a goal controversially waived off that should have stood. Cutting in from the right flank, Nikolas Ledgerwood hit a great narrow angle shot past Howard and into the back of the net for what should have been his first career international goal, but it was waived off for a foul a couple of seconds earlier on David Edgar. The foul call was extremely soft, and the goal should have stood.

After that incident, Dempsey started to drop deeper to pick up the ball and attempt to take over a game in which his teammates had been static. He was successful in creating a couple of half-chances and helping his team to look a bit more lively, but it didn't translate to a goal. The United States has to be disappointed with the way they've played thus far, as they look nothing like the team that steamrolled Scotland.

Make sure to check out the U.S. vs. Canada StoryStream for all of your pre-match, live and post-match coverage.

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