USA held to goalless draw by Canada

The United States failed to seize momentum for World Cup qualifying when they were held 0-0 by Canada on Sunday in a soccer exhibition in Toronto.

The match was the third of a three-game stretch of friendlies designed to prepare the U.S. for qualifying, beginning on Friday.

After routing Scotland 5-1 on May 26, they lost to Brazil 4-1 on Wednesday and came up short on in a match they had been expected to win.

Canada have not beaten the U.S. since 1985 and it was no great shock that they failed to break through in front of a home crowd.

The U.S. controlled most of the action and outshot their opponents 12-9, though their greatest scoring chances may have come in extra time.

Clarence Goodson had two great chances in stoppage time, including a header from a free-kick that was blocked by Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld, while Jermaine Jones also had a shot blocked.

Though they extended their unbeaten run against Canada to 15 matches, the U.S. will not take many positives from the clash heading into their June 8 qualifier against Antigua & Barbuda at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.