Hex Files: USA-Mexico, Dos a Cero, Rounds 1-4

The USA and Mexico are headed back to Columbus on Nov. 11. The USA's Dos a Cero streak stands at four games. It continued in 2013 when Clint Dempsey skied a penalty kick late in the match that kept the score at 2-0. For a look back at the first four meetings, and how we graded all the U.S. heroes from Josh Wolff to Oguchi Onyewu and Eddie Johnson and from Michael Bradley to DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan, the only two Americans who played in three Dos a Cero wins.

Feb. 28, 2001
USA 2 Mexico 0.
Goals: Wolff 47, Stewart 87. Att.: 24,624.
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Memorable: The USA did not look in good shape after Brian McBride (head injury) and Claudio Reyna (groin) had to leave the game. But subs Josh Wolff and Clint Mathis teamed.
Notable:All but one player who played in the first Dos a Cero went the World Cup a year later. Chris Armas was a late scratch with a knee injury.



SA Player Ratings
Starters:
6 Brad Friedel
5 Tony Sanneh
6 Eddie Pope
6 Jeff Agoos
6 David Regis
5 Cobi Jones
6 Chris Armas
5 Claudio Reyna
6 Earnie Stewart
4 Joe-Max Moore
NR Brian McBride
Subs:
8 Josh Wolff
7 Clint Mathis
5 Carlos Llamosa



September 3, 2005
USA 2 Mexico 0.
Goals: Ralston 53, Beasley 58. Att.: 24,685.
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Memorable: Both goals came off set pieces. Steve Ralston tapped in  Oguchi Onyewu's header off the post following Eddie Lewis' free kick and DaMarcus Beasley started and finished his own corner kick, combining with Landon Donovan and Claudio Reyna.
Notable: The USA qualified with three games to spare, the fastest it's ever reached the World Cup finals from the Hexagonal, winning six of seven games. Kasey Keller recorded his fifth straight shutout, extending his shutout streak in qualifying to 507 minutes.



SA Player Ratings
Starters:
6 Kasey Keller
6 Frankie Hejduk
7 Oguchi Onyewu
6 Gregg Berhalter
6 Eddie Lewis
6 Steve Ralston
6 Claudio Reyna
5 Chris Armas
7 DaMarcus Beasley
5 Landon Donovan
5 Brian McBride
Subs:
5 Pablo Mastroeni
NR Santino Quaranta
NR Jeff Cunningham



Feb. 11, 2009

USA 2 Mexico 0.
Goals: Bradley 43, 92+. Att.: 23,776.
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Memorable: Oguchi Onyewu was again the middle of the action of another set piece, forcing a save from Mexican goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, but Bradley pounced on the rebound for the first goal. Bradley's second goal in stoppage time was arguably the best of the eight U.S. goals in the Dos a Cero series, a blast from 25 yards after being set up by  Jozy Altidore and Landon Donovan
Notable: Bradley's goals were the earliest and latest the USA scored in the four games. Indeed, the first goal in the 43rd minute is the only goal it's scored in the first half.

SA Player Ratings
Starters:
7 Tim Howard
6 Frankie Hejduk
7 Oguchi Onyewu
6 Carlos Bocanegra
5 Heath Pearce
6 Clint Dempsey
6 Sacha Kljestan
8 Michael Bradley
7 DaMarcus Beasley
7 Landon Donovan
6 Brian Ching
Subs:
6 Jozy Altidore
NR Ricardo Clark



Sept. 10, 2013
USA 2 Mexico 0.
Goals: E.Johnson 49, Donovan 78. Att.: 24,584.
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Memorable: Mexico came into the game in chaos following the dismissal of head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre but his replacement, Luis Fernando Tena, lasted just one game as interim coach.
Notable: Neither Eddie Johnson nor Landon Donovan, the two goal scorers, made the cut for the World Cup team a year later. Johnson's goal was his 12th in only 21 World Cup qualifying matches; Donovan finished with 13 goals in 40 qualifiers.

U.S. Player Ratings
Starters:
7 Tim Howard
6 Fabian Johnson
7 Omar Gonzalez
6 Clarence Goodson
6 DaMarcus Beasley
7 Jermaine Jones
6 Kyle Beckerman
6 Alejandro Bedoya
7 Landon Donovan
5 Clint Dempsey
7 Eddie Johnson
Subs:
6 Michael Parkhurst
6 Mix Diskerud
NR Graham Zusi

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