The USA rallied twice from one-goal deficits but ultimately was defeated by Mexico, 3-2, late in extra time at the Rose Bowl Saturday night in the Concacaf Cup. Geoff
scored his second U.S. goal and led a spirited effort that fell short against a classier, more effective opponent. Bobby Wood
rekindled his magic
off the bench to hit the second equalizer in extra time only for Paul Aguilar
to cap off a tremendous performance by scoring the late winner. USA-MEXICO EXPRESS: Oct. 10 in Pasadena, California USA 2
Mexico 3 (OT).
Goals: Cameron 15, Wood 108; Hernandez 10, Peralta 96, Aguilar 118. Att.:
93,723. USA Player Ratings Starters: 5 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG),
Very sure-handed smothering low shots. Stoned Oribe Peralta in the first extra period. Left marooned on all three goals. Commanded the box well. 4 Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER), 40/1.
A good first half disintegrated as the U.S. lost its foothold. Failed to contain Miguel Layun on several
occasions and was slow to secure his flank on crosses hit from the opposite side. 6 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), 33/2.
midfield and stranded himself on first Mexico goal. Consistently thwarted opposing attacks with strong headers and well-timed tackles. Planted a header into the top corner
for his second international goal. Nice pass in extra time found Wood in a good
spot. 5 Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), 27/0.
Vital header stopped Mexico in stoppage time and seconds later ball came off his arm but no
PK was called. Came up big with tackles in several crucial situations, but lost track of Javier Hernandez when the Mexican striker side-footed wide from point-blank range
. 3 DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo),
Breached when Mexico came down his flank to score its second goal
and left a huge hole by charging forward to challenge in the final minutes
. Labored to contain Layun and an array of attackers
Mexico sent his way. Got loose down the left side late in the first half to cut back a low ball that the keeper smothered. 4 Gyasi Zardes (Los Angeles
He spent so much time and energy defending he didn’t often penetrate the final third. Yet he often fronted Layun and stopped him a few times. 4 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), 51/1.
Neat and tidy work helped U.S. keep possession and establish tempo in first half. Overrun often in the second half and
seldom found teammates with his passes. Too late to pressure Jimenez when he played ball wide that led to second Mexican goal. 6 Michael Bradley (Toronto
Dragged a left-footed shot wide when played in by Dempsey, blasted another shot over the bar. Lofted a great free kick that Cameron put away. Good work plugging the middle in
the first half, not as solid after that. Took a caution for tripping Hernandez after poor giveaway in the middle third. 4 Jermaine Jones (New England
As usual, gave a heroic effort that included a couple of reckless fouls. Fell asleep in first extra period when Paul Aguilar snuck behind him to set up Oribe
Peralta’s go-ahead goal, but got a second wind and picked up his level. In the closing minutes, he played a good ball into the box. 4 Clint Dempsey
(Seattle Sounders), 120/48.
Quiet in the first half except for nice ball that played in Bradley. Nearly forced his way through a cluster of players in the second half but couldn’t
get a shot away. Played in Bradley again in the final minutes with a ball that yielded a free kick. 3 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), 86/29.
a few duels and free kicks, layoff passes were okay. Killed a possible counter in extra time by scuffing his crossfield pass and disappeared before being substituted. Substitutes: 6 DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG), 26/0.
Struggled with pace upon entry, two missed tackles could have been costly but
in addition to winning a free kick in extra time he pushed a perfect ball for Wood to stick into the net. 7 Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), 11/3.
Took Altidore’s forward spot in the first extra period and after a few shaky moments latched onto a ball from Yedlin
to equalize sharply in the 108th minute
. NR Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders) 24/1/.
Out-dueled two opponents in final minutes near his own
corner flag and forced a goal kick. TRIVIA.
The loss ended the USA's longest unbeaten streak in its series against Mexico. It was undefeated in six
games against El Tri under Jurgen Klinsmann
. The last defeat was a 4-2 loss to Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final, also at the Rose Bowl. Oct. 10 in Pasadena, California USA 2 Mexico 3 (OT).
Goals: Cameron 15, Wood 108; Hernandez 10,
Peralta 96, Aguilar 118. USA --
Guzan; Johnson (Evans 111), Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Jones, Beckerman, Bradley, Zardes (Yedlin 78); Dempsey, Altidore
(Wood, 98). Mexico --
Munoz, Reyes, Layun, Aguilar, Moreno; Marquez (Rivas, 76), Herrera, Guardado (Guemez, 80); Peralta, Jimenez, Hernandez (Corona,
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador). Att.: