The United States capped off their pre-Women's World Cup preparation with an uninspiring 90 minutes against South Korea. The Americans were a giveaway machine in the midfield and absent of ideas in the final third so their fine defensive work went for naught in a 0-0 draw.
A sellout crowd of 26,467 was on hand at Red Bull Arena for the match and gave the U.S. side plenty of backing, but it didn't help much. The best chance that the Americans generated in the first half was a cross from Meghan Klingenberg that went over Abby Wambach's head at the far post.
Korea didn't do much of anything either, but that was to be expected from a team ranked 18th in the world. They lack firepower up front and most would expect a team like the U.S. to thrash them, but they didn't. The Americans were better than Korea, but not great and certainly not dangerous.
The second half was more of the same for the U.S. They had the ball and generally took the match to South Korea, but the opposing goalkeeper could have taken a nap for long stretches. By the end of it all, the best chance actually went to the Koreans, who nearly scored late, but Hope Solo denied her.
When the final whistle went, the U.S. couldn't have much to complain about. Even Wambach said after the match that it was a boring contest. It marked the first time the U.S. has been shut out at home since 2008 and, more concerning, they have now played to three scoreless draws in their last 11 matches.
The U.S. now goes to Canada, where they will begin their World Cup on June 8 against Australia. They won't do so with much momentum, with the team struggling for the better part of a year now and not showing much growth in their last three matches. It's not exactly a team inspiring a lot of confidence right now, but if they can show well in Canada, people will forget about this last year very quickly.