[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)