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Klinsmann: 'This is an amazing experience'
by Paul Kennedy, August 16th, 2012 1:37AM

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[MEXICO-USA] For the positive vibes he usually exudes, Jurgen Klinsmann is usually rather reserved in his postgame comments, but he could not hide his joy at the USA's unexpected and historic 1-0 win over Mexico at Azteca Stadium.

“I think it’s huge," he said. "It’s huge for all American fans and it’s huge for the team. It’s historic. We were well aware that we’ve never won here at Azteca and this is an amazing experience for all the players. We told them before the game, ‘This moment is for you, go and grab it.’ We are aware that is was a lot of work."

Klinsmann praised goalie Tim Howard, who made two late saves on Javier Hernandez to preserve the win, and his new backline that featured the pair of Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu in the middle for the first time.

POSSESSION GAME -- NOT. Mexico had 66 percent of the possession and a 10-0 edge in corner kicks. But for all its domination, it created few concrete chances. Indeed, Howard's two saves on Chicharito were the only saves he was credited with in the game.

What made the USA win so shocking was that rarely has it won after having done such a poor job of keeping the ball.

The Americans completed only 220 of their 295 passes, compared to 478 (of 568) for Mexico.

The front three of Landon Donovan, Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez had only 29 successful passes before they went off -- Donovan and Torres at the half and Gomez in the 78th minute.

Aug. 15 in Mexico City
Mexico 0 USA 1. Goals: Orozco Fiscal 80.
USA  -- Howard, Johnson, Cameron, Edu, Castillo (Orozco Fiscal, 77); Jones (Corona, 89), Beckerman, Williams (Zusi, 60),  Torres (Boyd, 45); Donovan (Beasley, 45), Gomez (Shea, 78).
Mexico -- Ochoa, Meza (Perez, 88), Rodriguez, Moreno, Torres Nilo; Zavala, Viniegra (Lugo, 45), Guardado, Barrera (E.Hernandez, 45); Reyna (de Nigris, 73), J.Hernandez.
Referee: Walter Quesada (CRC)



9 comments
  1. ROBERT BOND
    commented on: August 16, 2012 at 8:56 a.m.
    Klinsman earns the right to be left alone if we get to Brasil...

  1. mark courtney
    commented on: August 16, 2012 at 11:18 a.m.
    PLEEEEASE .... on any given day any team can win ...we still have so far to go.

  1. Daniel Guzman
    commented on: August 16, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.
    If Mexico does well in Brazil 2014......I don't think this game will be stuck on their head. When Mexico play against Costa Rica...this will be forgotten. This may have been the game that kick starts mexico's transition into starting more of the U-23 members. Lord knows they deserve it.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: August 16, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.
    Klinsmann has just earned his 're-hire' stripes through Russia 2018, none of those 'others' such as Bradley, Arena or Sampson could pull this off. A bronze statue of Klinsmann needs to be erected outside of USSF HQ in Chicago. This win truly is HUGE for the US because it shatters the fortress myth of the Azteca that has lingered over our program for decades when it comes to playing against Mexico. No longer can it be said to the US 'well you have never won in the Azteca', that monkey is now off of our back. No matter that it was a friendly, or that two undermanned squads were involved. This historic achievement is duly noted now in the annals of US Soccer, in the future our other teams will know that victory in the Azteca is obtainable. I also note that appropriately enough, given the new changes being pioneered under Klinsmann's tenure, that it was a Mexican-American player that drove the dagger into the heart of the Azteca bubble. A big 'Congrats' is in order to the players and coaching staff for this amazing victory. Ein Volk, Ein USA, Ein Klinsmann! :)

  1. John Soares
    commented on: August 16, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.
    Sorry Daniel, BUT.... You are right in that this game changes nothing. Mexico is still as far ahead of the USA as they were yesterday. They just won a gold medal and have the talent to do well in Brazil. However it will not be forgotten. Just as the loss in South Korea is still talked about. It IS historical. Read the Mexican press this morning if you still have doubts.

  1. Rudy Espindola
    commented on: August 16, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.
    In general, what a boring game, Congrats to the US

  1. Michael Haltom
    commented on: August 16, 2012 at 8:08 p.m.
    It was a fluke.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: August 17, 2012 at 1:12 p.m.
    David, a little too much in my opinion but I have to say that Klins seems to infect tons of optimism in his players with his usual positive attitude. Ugly game. I hate watching a team that bunkers win but Klins will get results and try to change the style in the proccess. I hope.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: August 17, 2012 at 2:15 p.m.
    @ Luis, I think you nailed it on the head that Klinsi uses his positive influences to get the most out of his players. The team and USSF staff morale seems so much better now, you see smiles and get a sense of forward progress which was missing in the past. We will not get instant results overnight (although I am extremely happy with the Aztecazo outcome result) but i think for the long-term we are on the right track as we begin to discard the failed UK "boomball" style of play that has hobbled our program for decades.


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