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.
"In the second half, players came on and they want to prove a point. Brek brought a lot of energy to the field, he can surprise some people. He can create something out of nothing."
"He is still kind of fresh to our team, getting more comfortable and in the groove," Klinsmann said, "and I think you see his qualities that he has. It is just important to see he has the confidence, the qualities to step it up. It is nice to watch."
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 Altidore, there wasn't much to the American attack. Still, Tim Howard got his 34th career shutout for the national team.
"I think away from home, we were resilient and got a draw," Howard said. "It's still a good result for us. ''
The Americans were sloppy throughout the first half, which Scotland controlled until the final minutes. Even when the U.S. was presented a scoring chance in the 43rd minute, Altidore misplayed a pass in the box and never got off a shot.
The Americans looked smoother early in the second half as the paced picked up. Altidore's right-footed shot off a nice passing combination was caught by Marshall. Altidore also missed wide from close range in the 59th.
Midfielder Michael Bradley returned for the U.S. after missing four qualifiers with an ankle sprain. He played the entire match. The Americans were missing two key injured players -- Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey.