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At last, USA beats Mexico in Azteca!
August 15th, 2012 8:05PM
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[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY] Michael Orozco Fiscal was the unlikely hero with his first international goal in the 80th minute to give the USA an unlikely 1-0 win over Mexico for its first ever win at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. Orozco Fiscal scored three minutes after he came on at left back, scoring on a back heel from Terrence Boyd after Brek Shea megged his defender. Goalie Tim Howard preserved the win with two fantastic saves on Javier Hernandez..

Second Half:
90th minute -- Lugo header easily saved by Howard.
89th minute --
Howard saves against on Chicharito, palming away header.
89th minute --
U.S. substitution: Corona for Jones.
85th minute --
Mexico substitution: Perez for Meza.
85th minute --
Howard saves Chicharito's shot on line after ball deflected off Edu.
82nd minute -- Zusi handed yellow card.
80th minute --
Orozco Fiscal puts the USA ahead, scoring on a back heel from Boyd after Shea beat his defender down left wing (USA 1-0)
78th minute -- U.S. substitution: Shea for Gomez.
77th minute -- U.S. substitution: Orozco Fiscal for Castillo.
76th minute --
Chicharito wide open in from but fails to put J.Hernandez's cross on target.
73rd minute --
Mexico substitution: De Nigris for Reyna.
69th minute --
Jones with obligatory yellow card for foul on Zavala.
63rd minute --
Chicharito eludes Cameron, drawing foul on edge of area, but Guardado's bending free kick goes wide.
61st minute --
Ochoa stops Gomez's free kick, then Beckerman's shot goes over bar.
60th minute --
U.S. substitution: Zusi for Williams.
56th minute --
Cameron flicks away cross with Chicharito lurking in front.
53rd minute --
Gomez shoots wildly with Boyd open in front.
53rd minute --
Howard stops Lugo's blast, one of few Mexico's shots on target.
46th minute --
U.S. substitutions: Beasley for Donovan, Boyd for Torres; Mexico substitutions: E.Hernandez for Barrera, Lugo for Viniegra.

Talk about a game being upstaged: Mexico's gold-medalists are introduced at the half to wild cheers and fireworks.

First Half:
Edu and Cameron doing good job on Chicharito, but Guardado and Reyna are getting too much of the ball ...
31st minute --
Gomez draws foul -- and yellow card -- on Rodriguez.
Little sustained U.S. possession. Almost all chances follow Mexico fouls in its half ...
27th minute --
Torres Milo shoots wide after Jones turns the ball over in midfield.
27th minute -- Edu gets the worst of a collision with Howard on a collision in the area.
Guardado getting more of the ball in the U.S. third ...
14th minute --
USA yellow card: Edu for foul on Chicharito.
11th minute --
Azteca fans want penalty for foul by Cameron on Chicharito but referee isn't buying it.
6th minute --
Ochoa saves Castillo's shot from distance.
5th minute --
Gomez free in the box following free kick but nudged as he shoots and attempt goes wide.
1st minute --
Jones fouls Reyna at the edge of the penalty area in first 20 seconds, but free kick goes into wall.

Mexico -- Ochoa; Meza, Rodriguez, Moreno, Torres Nilo; Zavala, Viniegra, Guardado, Barrera; Reyna, J.Hernandez.
USA -- Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Edu, Castillo; Donovan, Jones, Beckerman, Williams, Torres; Gomez.

  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: August 15, 2012 at 10:45 p.m.
    Congratulations to the USMNT and Coaching Staff. I have been waiting 48 years and 11 months for this victory. Thanks Herr Klinsmann, your positive approach to the game is helping. I hope we continue to make progress along these lines.
  1. P Van
    commented on: August 15, 2012 at 11:21 p.m.
    what an awesome victory! and a long time coming...we didn't play great, but Edu, Cameron, Castillo and Johnson did a monstrous job frustrating the Mexican attack. As much as the ney-sayers were dogging on Edu as a center back, this two-some did the job! Work in Dempsey and Bradley into the mix and you've got something to threaten the mighty Mexicans...I know a number of folks are going to blah, blah criticize pay-for-play, youth development, culture of soccer in US of A, etc...blah-di-blah--and yeah, they've got a point, but tonight, we did it! yes, won a meaningless match, but nonetheless, cool your **&&^^ jets, please. it's annoying!
  1. Mike Murray
    commented on: August 15, 2012 at 11:36 p.m.
    Easy, ladies and gents. It was an exhibition.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: August 16, 2012 at 8:58 a.m.
    True, Mike but if we had lost, everybody would have been crying for multiple heads. Just enjoy the moment and move on particularly looking for players who can maintain possession. At least we look like we might have a few younger players in the centerback pool so poor Carlos can ride gracefully, or as graceful as Boca ever is, into the sunset without leaving us totally bereft in them iddle.

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