TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 3: Edgar Castillo #15 of USA tries to get away from Tosaint Ricketts #15 of Canada during their international friendly match on June 3, 2012 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Supposedly the United States played Canada in a friendly at BMO Field last night. I say supposedly because I fell asleep around the 24th minute and woke up after my brain had mercifully erased all I had watched from my mind. Self inflicted amnesia was one of the only ways you could make that game look good, really.
Of course, it was only a friendly that featured Jurgen Klinnsman trying out an experimental sort of formation for the first 70 minutes or so, so some of the reaction from US fans was way too over the top.
The first half was one of the more boring that I can remember in recent USMNT history, with only a disallowed Canadian goal showing on the highlights. Klinnsman was running a 4-4-2 instead of his preferred 4-3-3, perhaps to try out a new system after the 4-1 Brazil loss to see what the team could do. Unfortunately, the 4-4-2 seemed to swallow Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley's ability to go forward, and it wasn't until the final 20 minutes of the game when they switched back that we saw some action.
Even then, the only real solid chance the US got was a header by Clarence Goodson right at the death of the game that was saved. Even had the US won 1-0 off that goal though, it wouldn't have been a game to write home about. Still, it was only a friendly. If they perform this bad in their first important games for WC qualifying, then we get upset.