Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. extended its unbeaten run against Canada to 16 soccer games stretching back 28 years with a scoreless tie at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston last night.
The exhibition match was the last for the U.S. before the final stage of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup gets under way. The Americans begin the campaign Feb. 6 in Honduras before hosting Costa Rica on March 22 in Commerce City, Colorado. Mexico, Panama and Jamaica are also in the group.
The top three teams in the North and Central America and Caribbean region advance to the World Cup, with the fourth-place finisher entering a two-game playoff against the winner of the Oceania group.
After failing to qualify for the World Cup from 1954 through 1986, the U.S. has played at every edition since 1990, making the quarterfinals in 2002 and the round of 16 in 1994 and 2010. In nine appearances, the U.S. has a 7-5-17 record at the quadrennial tournament.
Soccer’s global championship is scheduled from June 12 to July 13, 2014, in Brazil.
The U.S., which will host the 12-nation Gold Cup regional tournament from July 7-28, last lost to Canada in Vancouver on April 2, 1985.
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