BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The United States national team played to a dull scoreless draw against Canada to open their busy 2013 schedule.
U.S national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann started an entirely MLS based lineup to start but the team looked out of synch from the opening whistle. Despite having played the past three weeks together, there was no chemistry or teamwork present.
In the game's opening minutes, US goalkeeper Shawn Johnson made an outstanding point blank save on Canada's Dwayne DeRosario.
The US team controlled most of the possession in the first half but were severely lacking in the final third. In the 19th minute, Chris Wondolowski took a pass from Brad Davis and forced Canadian keeper Simon Thomas to make a save.
In the second half, Klinsmann made several changes including brining on Modle's Joshua Gatt for his second cap. The speedy winger was able stretch the Canadian defense and brought emotion to a game that desperately needed some.
In the 66th minute, the US had another decent chance to score when Benny Feilhaber sent a dangerous free kick into the box but Omar Gonzalez's header sailed just over the bar.
The US outshot Canada 11-2 with a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal. The US also had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
The US team will now prepare for the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying which begins next week with a difficult visit to Honduras.