Zero goals didn't mean Jurgen Klinsmann saw nothing good out of his U.S. squad.
Instead, in the second half of a 0-0 draw with Scotland in an exhibition game Friday in Glasgow, Klinsmann liked much of what he saw.
The Americans had several strong scoring chances in the final minutes, thanks to substitutes Aron Johansson and Brek Shea.
"The first half I didn't like, too slow, not determined enough, not pushing enough," the U.S. coach said. "We kind of corrected some things in the second half and we looked much better."
This was the first game for the U.S. since completing qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. team, ranked 13th in the world after winning CONCACAF qualifying, finishes its 2013 schedule Tuesday at Austria. Scotland, ranked 35th, did not qualify for Brazil 2014.
Johansson, whose goal beat Panama in the last match of qualifying, was part of two late threats. In the 83rd, with Jozy Altidore keeping the ball alive in front of the Scotland net, Johansson pounced on the left side. Goalkeeper David Marshall made a diving stop. Two minutes later, Shea broke down left wing and fed Johansson, whose left-footed shot went just wide.
Beyond that and several misses by Jozy Altidore, there wasn't much to the American attack. Still, Tim Howard got his 34th career shutout for the national team.