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  • June 3, 2012
  • • 7:20 PM
  • • BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
  • Referee: M. Morales
  • • Attendance: 15247
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Live Commentary

  • Thanks for joining our live commentary. I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller), it's been a pleasure.
  • And that's it! The match ends at 0-0, with both sides going for it in the second half.
  • 90' + 3'
    HUGE SAVE HIRSCHFELD!! A US Free kick gets headed on goal, and the Canadian keeper does ever so well to stop it.
  • 90' + 2'
    WOW!!! Jackson comes incredibly close to scoring, after DeRo dancined into the area and served up a hard pass that Jackson hit wide by mere inches.
  • 90' + 1'
    We're into stoppage now. Will anyone break the deadlock?
  • 89'
    Corner to Canada after Pascheco chases a DeRo pass down the left flank. Cleared harmlessly by the US defenders.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionAnte Jazic Michael Klukowski
  • 88'
    Canada's Samuel Piette is just 17 years old.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionJulian De Guzman Samuel Piette
  • 86'
    SubstitutionTosaint Ricketts Iain Hume
  • 85'
    Corber to Canada. Jasckson's been giving the US backline fits since coming in.
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Will Johnson
  • 82'
    Will Johnson gets carded for taking down a charging Jermaine Jones. Things getting chippy.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionSteven Cherundolo Michael Parkhurst
  • 80'
    SubstitutionH. Gómez Chris Wondolowski
  • 80'
    More American changes, too. Hard to see the numbers in the press box.
  • 79'
    Iain Hume set to come on for Canada.
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Jones
  • 77'
    Corner to the US as CAN's Edgar puts a poor header back to Hirschfeld out of touch. It's cleared and Jackson breaks out 70 yards to get fouled by Jones. Yellow card to the American.
  • 75'
    Free kick to Canada. Curling effort by DeRo gets headed over by McKenna.
  • 73'
    Maurice Edu makes his first appearance at BMO Field since being sold by TFC to Rangers in 2008.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionLandon Donovan Maurice Edu
  • 72'
    SubstitutionNikolas Ledgerwood Pedro Pacheco
  • 70'
    Pedro Pacheco getting ready to come into the game for Canada.
  • 68'
    Simeon Jackson combines well with Ricketts and charges at the US defence. From 25 yards out he tries an ambitious chip that nearly beat Howard.
  • 67'
    Howard makes another save on a similar shot from De Guzman. Canada worked the ball well down the left to get that ball to the TFC midfielder.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionOlivier Occean Simeon Jackson
  • 65'
    SAVE HOWARD! The ball finds Ledgerwood at the edge of the American area, and he drives a low, hard shot that Howard does well to smother.
  • 64'
    The action is getting stretched as both teams are pushing for the first goal. End to end stuff now.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionJ. Torres Jozy Altidore
  • 62'
    SubstitutionCarlos Bocanegra Oguchi Onyewu
  • 62'
    Simeon Jackson set to enter the match for Canada.
  • 61'
    WOW!!!! De Ro with a golden opportunity, but he slips three yards out and the ball rolls harmlessly to Howard.
  • 60'
    Looks like Onyewu and Altidore are getting set to enter the match for the US.
  • 57'
    Corner to the Americans. Donovan takes it amid heavy jeers from the home crowd. After a bobble or two, it's cleared.
  • 55'
    Hainault gets a yellow for bringing down Jones. Ensuing free kick gets curled in danergously, but is headed harmlessly high.
  • 54'
    Yellow Card Andre Hainault
  • 54'
    The game has opened up substantially in the last few moments.
  • 53'
    The Americans break out and get a good cross in. The header eludes CAN's Hirschfeld, but his defenders save him.
  • 52'
    The US back on their heels a bit as Canada applys pressure.
  • 49'
    Canada with a close call as Ricketts speeds down the right wing and sends in a cross that Occean can't get a head to.
  • 46'
    And we're back!
  • Once again, I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller), and I'll be providing live commentary from Toronto's BMO FIeld for the rest of the game.
  • Players coming back on to the field. Should be some changes for both sides.
  • Time for a little bit of a break. I'll be with you again in a few mihnutes.
  • And that's the half! Canada and the U.S. have played to a scoreless draw over the first 45 minutes. Hopefully we'll see more of a spark in the second frame.
  • 45'
    First half coming to a close. It's been mostly the home side as the Americans look unable to break through Canada's tough defensive shape and pressure at midfueld.
  • 40'
    Correction: That as a poor cross *by* DeRo to Occean. The big Canadian target man would have had to have Usian Bolt's speed to catch up to it.
  • 40'
    Corner to the US after Hirschfeld denied a charging American player. It leads to a Canadian counterattack which is squandered by a very poor cross by Occean.
  • 39'
    Canada still applying pressure, but nothing to show for it. Ledgerwood made a nice run into the box but couldn't do anything with it.
  • 34'
    Canada has a goal called offside after Ricketts is adjudged to be offside. Some controversy there, as it appeared that an American played the ball into the area.
  • 30'
    Canada free kick from 35 yards out gets floated over everyone. Howard goal kick.
  • 28'
    CAN's Occean barrels USA's Bocanegra into the end boards. The American captain s ok.
  • 26'
    Corner to the US. It comes to nothing after a few weak clearances by Canada.
  • 23'
    SAVE HOWARD! Ball bounces around in the US area after a throw in, and it falls to CAN's Rickeet's, who forces a decent diving save from the American 'keeper.
  • 20'
    Game has slowed a bit, as both sides appear to be feeling on another out. The biggest battle is in the stands, as the few hundred hardy American supporters are making a big noise.
  • 17'
    CAN's Occean comes within inches of getting a good shot off, after a nice cross in saw him in alone on Howard. Just out of his reach.
  • 17'
    Crowd getting on the reft a bit after a few calls against Canada.
  • 15'
    Yellow Card Julian De Guzman
  • 15'
    SAVE BY HIRSCHFELD! Canada's keeper palms it over the bar after a nice volley from 25 yards out.
  • 15'
    Yellow to Ricketts after a foul on Torres. Free kick coming up.
  • 13'
    Just as I say that, Canada gets a half chance that Howard snuffs out with a well-timed run.
  • 12'
    Canada has settled in a bit now. Not one way traffic.
  • 9'
    De Rosario just misses after collecting a nice cross at the eddge of the box and beating a man. His shot went across the face of goal to Howard's right, just a couple of feet wide.
  • 7'
    The Americans with all the possession in the early going. Nothing too threatening outside of that Goodson half-chance.
  • 5'
    Free kick to the US after CAN Ricketts runs over a player at midfield.
  • 3'
    Goodson nearly puts the US ahead early, but shanks his shot over the bar.
  • 2'
    Corner to the USA. Cleared by Canada, but out for another corner on the opposite side.
  • 1'
    And we're off!
  • Both sets of fans just gave me chills singing the anthems. Let's get this started!
  • Players are out on the field for the anthems.
  • Warm ups are done, and the players have gone back inside. The CSA will run through some Centenary ceremonies before kick off.
  • It's a bit of a bizarro world here at BMO Field tonight, with Canada wearing a royal blue throwback jersey for the celebration of the Canadian Soccer Association's 100th anniversary.. The USA is wearing red hoops.
  • USA starting XI: Howard, Johnson, Bocanegra, Goodson, Cherundolo, Bradley, Jones, Torres, Donovan, Gomez, Dempsey
  • Canada starting XI: Hirschfeld, Jazic, McKenna, Edgar, Hainault, Ledgerwood, De Guzman, Johnson, De Rosario, Occean, Ricketts
  • Here are your starting lineups for tonight.
  • It's a stunningly beautiful night here on the shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto has had some nasty weather of late (three straight days of torrential rainfall and very cool temperatures), but everythuing cleared up roughly two hours before kick off and now it's sunny and clear. It's about 20 degrees Celsius (68 F), so it's a perfect night for soccer.
  • Good evening! I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller) and I'll be providing you with play by play live from Toronto's BMO Field.