Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Lars Hirschfeld denied Clarence Goodson deep in
stoppage time off a point-blank header, as Canada tied the United States, 0-0,
on Sunday night in an international soccer friendly at BMO Field.
Both sides had good chances, with Canada's best coming just before Goodson was
denied the match-winner, but Simeon Jackson wasted a perfect cross from Dwayne
De Rosario when he turned an open chance from six yards wide of the left post.
The United States and Canada will try to build on the match Saturday, when the
Americans start 2014 World Cup qualifying and the Canadians resume their quest
to qualify for Brazil.
The Americans host Antigua and Barbuda, and Canada - which had four wins and a
pair of draws in the opening round of qualifying - visits Cuba.
Although the Americans enjoyed more possession, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was
under more pressure in the opening half Sunday as he watched a De Rosario shot
go a few yards wide, saved a Tosaint Ricketts shot, and saw a goal waved off.
Nikolas Ledgerwood buried a shot into the roof of the net after the half-hour,
but a late foul call erased the goal for Canada.
The Americans had a few decent chances in the first half, the best off a long,
looping volley from Edgar Castillo that Hirschfeld pushed over the bar and the
second from Clint Dempsey on a shot that was also saved.
On the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Soccer Association, though, the hosts
were not upstaged by their more powerful neighbor.
A somewhat quiet second half ended with a flurry as Jackson failed to even get
a shot on goal with Howard at his mercy early in stoppage time and Goodson was
denied by Hirschfeld on the last chance of the match for either side.
The Americans extended their undefeated run against the Canadians to 15 games,
but it was a match that either side could have won on the eve of qualifying.
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