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USA-MEXICO: U.S. rewarded with Pope winner
April 29th, 2004 10:36AM



In one of its most convincing performances ever against Mexico, the United States was rewarded for its domination on a goal by captain Eddie Pope in the 93rd minute to record a 1-0 victory Wednesday night at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

The shutout was the fourth in a row for the U.S. over Mexico and extended its overall shutout streak against the Tricolores to 434 minutes, a span of five games dating back to 2001. Mexico has not scored a goal against the U.S. in the United States in 573 minutes, a span of more than five years and six games.

The lone goal came on a free kick from Bobby Convey that was headed by Taylor Twellman. Mexican goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez stopped Twellman's shot, but Pope was there to slot home the rebound with his left foot. Convey's free kick was set up after Omar Briceno was whistled for a yellow card on Landon Donovan in the right corner.

Donovan was outstanding for the U.S., repeatedly breaking through the Mexican defense. His best chance came off a rebound, which he hit off the crossbar with his left foot in the first half. Otherwise, Sanchez kept Mexico in the game with several big saves.


April 28 in Dallas

USA 1 Mexico 0. Goal: Pope 93+.

USA -- Walker, Hejduk, Pope, Mastroeni, Convey, Armas, Zavagnin, Donovan, Beasley, Casey (Kirovski, 84), Wolff (Twellman, 66).

Mexico -- Sanchez, Davino, Rodriguez, Osorio; Martinez, Pardo (Lopez, 46), L.Perez, Valdez (Mora, 67), Altamirano (M.Perez, 61), Borgetti (Briceno, 80), Bravo.

Yellow cards: USA -- Casey 25, Convey 36, Hejduk 71; Mexico -- Pardo 21, L.Perez 30, Briceno 92+.

Referee: Mauricio Navarro (Canada).

Att.: 45,048.


Shots: USA 14, Mexico 3.

Saves: USA 0, Mexico 6.

Corner Kicks: USA 12, Mexico 2.

Fouls: USA 25, Mexico 12.

Offside: USA 1, Mexico 5.

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