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.