U.S., Ivory Coast draw 0-0 in pre-Olympic tourney

Updated: July 30, 2008, 12:52 PM ET
Associated Press

HONG KONG -- The United States was held to a 0-0 draw by Ivory Coast on Wednesday at a four-nation tournament ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

The Ivory Coast dominated the first half, with Kafoumba Coulibaly sending two late shots on goal that were saved by U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

The Americans briefly took control in the second half before their opponents carved out later chances. Sekou Cisse's shot from near the edge of the area produced another save by Guzan.

"When we have our first two games, we can work on some things -- not only defensively, but also offensively," said U.S. coach Peter Nowak, who is blending Europe-based players and MLS players.

The United States will play Cameroon on Saturday, while Ivory Coast plays the Netherlands. The Dutch beat Cameroon 2-0 Wednesday.

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