[USA-MEXICO U-23S] It was quite a day for U.S. national teams. First, the women open up at the Algarve Cup with a 5-0 win over Denmark. Then, the men earn a 1-0
decision over Italy in Genoa, their first victory in the series that dates back to 1934. Finally, goals from Juan Agudelo and Mix Diskerud a minute apart in the first half give the U-23s a 2-0 win over their Mexican counterparts at FC Dallas Stadium.
Diskerud, who recently moved on loan from his native Norway to Belgium's Gent, set up Agudelo for a header with a corner kick to the near post in the 34th minute.
Then Freddy Adu's shot deflected off Diskerud into the goal.
In a wide-open game, the USA and Mexico combined for 36 shots.
Both U.S. goalies -- Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson -- made spectacular saves to keep the Tri off the scoreboard.
Agudelo, Adu and Diskerud all have experience with the senior national team. Coach Caleb Porter's midfield also featured Alfredo Morales, who has been playing regularly for German club Hertha Berlin, and Joe Corona, the Newcomer of the Year in Mexico's Torneo Apertura for Tijuana.
Corona formerly played for Mexico's U-23s, who lined up two American-born players, Ricardo Bocanegra and Miguel Ponce.
Feb. 29 in Frisco, Texas
USA 2 Mexico 0. Goals: Agudelo 35, Diskerud 36.
USA -- Hamid (Johnson, 46), Sarkodie, Opara, Kitchen, Valentin, Morales (Okugo, 90), Diskerud, Corona, Adu (Taylor, 67), Agudelo (Bunbury, 61), Gyau (Duka, 78).
Mexico -- Sanchez, Jimenez, Araujo, Chavez, Bocanegra (Aquino, 46), Cortes, Amione (Pulido, 64), Fabian, Enriquez (Cabrera, 78), Ponce (Herrera, 46), Mier.