0-0 Canada

The U.S. men’s team played a scoreless draw against Canada last night.  It was the USMNT’s second straight 0-0 scoreline versus Canada; the previous match was played last June at Toronto.

That marked the U.S. team’s first back-to-back scoreless games against any opponent since playing three straight against Haiti 36 years ago—all within a span of five days at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince (Nov. 10-14, 1976). Pity the poor fans who suffered through those matches!

Last night’s draw extended the USMNT’s unbeaten streak against Canada to 16 games, dating back to 1985.

Spain’s Loss Margin

Portugal defeated Spain, 4–0, the last time these teams met (Nov. 17, 2010).  That was the largest margin of victory over Spain in the last 49 years—since Scotland routed La Roja, 6–2, at El Bernabéu in June 1963.

More on the Nov. 17, 2010 match:

  • Although it was a friendly, Vicente del Bosque’s lineup included 10 players from the starting 11 in the World Cup Final against the Netherlands four months earlier.  (The only change was arguably a positive one—David Silva for Pedro Rodriguez.)
  • It was the largest victory against Spain via shutout since Italy’s 4–0 win at San Siro in 1942.
  • The match was played in part to promote the countries’ shared bid to host World Cup 2018.
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