If you missed the U.S. national soccer team’s 0-0 draw at Canada on Sunday night, well, you didn’t miss much. An early flurry by the Americans, a mysterious call against the Canadians, a sweet combination between Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, a late miss by Canada in the six-yard box, and a last-second threat by Clarence Goodson.
So a three-game friendly swing that began with a resounding victory ends with a whimper. Ideally, they would’ve collected two victories and a draw. Realistically, it should’ve been two wins and a loss. Instead, 1-1-1. Okay. Now the real stuff begins: World Cup qualifying. The Americans will play Antigua and Barbuda on Friday in Tampa (7 p.m. ET, ESPN, Galavision, ESPN3.com) before visiting Guatemala on June 12 (10 p.m., pay-per-view on cable/satellite and ustream.tv).
Canada is at Cuba and home against Honduras.
Of note: Michael Bradley was the only American to play all 270 minutes in the friendlies. ... The USA is 8-0-7 in its past 15 matches against Canada. ... Left back Fabian Johnson strained a calf during warm-ups and was a late scratch from the lineup. Edgar Castillo started instead. ... For the second straight match, Nick Rimando, not Brad Guzan, was the second-choice keeper to Tim Howard. ... In the three friendlies, Carlos Bocanegra had three different partners in central defense: Geoff Cameron, Oguchi Onyewu and Goodson. Who gets the nod Friday?