World Cup Qualifying: Mexico vs USA – Recap and Highlights

Mexico remained unbeaten but left fans frustrated as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with the United States on Sunday night.

The quick turnaround, with this game moved up due to Mexico’s upcoming participation in the Confederations Cup, resulted in a number of changes to both starting lineups. Nevertheless, the game started at a high intensity and there were a number of fouls in the opening minutes. Carlos Salcedo was perhaps lucky to remain on the field after nailing Bobby Wood with an elbow during a 3rd minute aerial challenge.

Then, in the 6th minute, Michael Bradley silenced the crowd in the Azteca when he won the ball in midfield, saw Memo Ochoa off his line, and chipped the keeper from distance to give the U.S. an extremely rare lead on Mexican soil.

The goal galvanized the visitors, who had several more chances to score. But one of those chances led to Mexico’s equalizer, as El Tri mounted a deadly counterattack that started with Ochoa and ended with Carlos Vela getting past DaMarcus Beasley to send his low shot into the net. 1-1 in the 23rd minute.

Mexico was then forced into an early substitution as Oswaldo Alanís went out injured; Marco Fabián also required treatment and was stretchered off the field, although he came back on before ultimately being subbed out early in the second half.

The second half started a bit more cautiously from both teams, but before long the energy was back up and the chances kept coming. Both teams hit the woodwork, with Héctor Herrera sending a free kick off the post in the 70th minute before Bradley was denied by the post at the other end in the 74th minute when he tried another long-range effort.

Although the pressure remained on until the final whistle, neither team was able to go on to find a winning goal.

With the 1-1 draw, Mexico reaches 14 points while the U.S. reaches eight.

Highlights

Hexagonal Standings

# Team W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Mexico 4 2 0 9 2 +7 14
2 Costa Rica 2 2 1 7 3 +4 8
3 United States 2 2 2 11 8 +3 8
4 Panama 1 3 1 2 2 0 6
5 Honduras 1 1 3 4 12 -8 4
6 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 4 2 8 -6 3

Lineups

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Héctor Moreno, Carlos Salcedo, Oswaldo Alanís (Jesús Gallardo 31′), Diego Reyes, Jonathan dos Santos (Orbelín Pineda 77′), Héctor Herrera, Marco Fabián (Javier Aquino 53′), Javier Hernández, Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela.

U.S.: Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Tim Ream, Omar González, DeAndre Yedlin, DaMarcas Beasley, Michael Bradley, Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola (Darlington Nagbe 64′), Bobby Wood (Jozy Altidore 79′), Christian Pulisic (Graham Zusi 92′). 

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