HOUSTON — As Colin Miller emerged from the Canadian locker room at BBVA Compass Stadium, his face was plastered with an ear-to-ear grin.
His voice hoarse from 90 minutes of bellowing, Canada's interim head coach gushed at the amount of pride he was feeling for his young team that spent nearly an entire game defending but came through the other side unscathed in a 0-0 draw with the United States on Tuesday night.
On a night when the US national team played friendly visitors Canada a little too by the book, the resulting 0-0 stalemate draws a list of average grades.
The January camp group generally handled the fundamentals capably, but never showed the inspiration needed to bust apart their organized guests.
US PLAYER RATINGS
Sean Johnson (7) – He only had one save to make, but it came very early and he cruelly denied Dwayne De Rosario.
HOUSTON – The centennial year of US Soccer began with a whimper as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side stumbled to a scoreless draw against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday night, their second straight goalless game against their North American neighbors.
A United States team composed primarily of Major League Soccer players was unable to break down the Canadians, beaten by four goals against Denmark just three days earlier, managing just two shots on goal over 90 minutes despite holding 66 percent of the possession.
HOUSTON – After spending most of his international career as a squad player, Dejan Jakovic finds himself as the old hand on the Canadian backline ahead of Tuesday's match against the United States (9 pm ET, Sportsnet in Canada, ESPN2/Univision Deportes in US; LIVE chat on MLSsoccer.com).
Le match amical qui opposera ce soir les États-Unis au Canada (21h00 HE, direct Sportsnet, ESPN2 et Univision Deportes) verra s’affronter deux équipes dans une situation totalement opposée.
MLS’ newest stadium plays host to its first-ever US national team match Tuesday as Canada visit Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium for an international friendly (9 pm ET on ESPN2/Univision Deportes, Sportsnet in Canada, live chat on MLSsoccer.com), an occasion that will help Jurgen Klinsmann decide who earns the final places in his squad for next week’s World Cup qualifier in Honduras.
HOUSTON – Heading into the US national team’s January camp, it was no secret that all eyes would be firmly fixed on the center back position, with the last two MLS Defenders of the Year jockeying for position ahead of next week's World Cup qualifier in Honduras.
MLSsoccer.com is all over Tuesday's USA vs. Canada friendly in Houston. Join our editors and writers for LIVE COMMENTARY from the match at BBVA Compass Stadium starting at 9 pm ET.
HOUSTON – When the Canadian national team reviewed footage of their disappointing 4-0 friendly loss to Denmark on Saturday, there were plenty of errors to dissect and regret.