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Video: United States 0, Canada 0

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, before visiting Guatemala on June 12 (10 p.m., pay-per-view on cable/satellite and

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?

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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