USA-MEXICO EXPRESS: June 11 in Mexico City Mexico 1 USA 1.
Goals: Vela 23; Bradley 6. Att.:
A driven goal from distance by
captain Michael Bradley
immediately joined the list of all-time great U.S.
and helped earn the Americans a 1-1 tie with Mexico at Estadio Azteca.
Bradley also blasted a shot off the upright and centerback Geoff Cameron
led a resilient defense
that limited Mexico to just one shot on goal, which Carlos Vela drove low into the net
for an equalizer in the 23rd minute.
The tie was just the third point extracted by the USA at the Azteca in a qualifier. The rival nations tied 0-0 in 1997 and in their last Hexagonal meeting in 2013. U.S.
Starters: PLAYER (TEAM) CAPS/GOALS 5 Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough/ENG), 54/0.
Least work for a U.S. keeper at Azteca in terms of saves (zero), but
that early challenge on Javier Hernandez forced him to lob off-target. Guzan rescued the U.S. twice with clean pickups of tricky bounces. Hit nearly every ball long, usually to the other team.
6 Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), 39/1.
Racked up eight clearances and called for just one foul while containing “Chicharito” and Co. Connected on his short passes.
Presented with two good chances, he headed them both well wide. Needlessly kneed a ball behind for a corner. 7 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), 53/4.
Prevented a few goals
with clean, confident clears (five) and interceptions (three). His midfield challenge caused turnover that steered ball Bradley turned into a wonder goal. Most of his passes found the mark. A bit
fortunate to escape a caution with four fouls committed. 6 Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG), 25/1.
Rugged and reliable in his tackling and marking, he also headed a ball during a
scramble that Bobby Wood couldn’t turn into a shot. Passing could have been crisper. 5 DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG), 46/0.
Struggled to contain Hirving Lozano
and Miguel Gallardo. Didn’t cross many balls but got forward enough to win corners. Tightened up defensively after being cautioned for third foul committed. 5 DaMarcus Beasley
(Houston Dynamo), 126/17.
Drew a rough foul early and while beaten a few times also won eight duels. Gave the team a cool head and experience as it stamped out Mexico’s threats in the
second half. 6 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), 8/0.
Might have stopped counterattack -- as he had done eight minutes earlier by fouling -- on Mexican goal, but he was a half-step
late in the midfield circle.
Hit a couple of good free kicks, closed down spaces well in many occasions,
poked the ball that Bradley crashed off the upright. 7 Michael
Bradley (Toronto FC), 133/17.
Chip from more than 40 yards instantly claimed a place high on the all-time U.S. goal list and also struck the post from distance with a thunderbolt from
distance. Hit one great crossfield ball to Beasley near the touchline. Two of his fouls gave Mexico free kicks in dangerous spots. 4 Paul Arriola
Started well and delivered a couple of threatening low crosses but also over-hit balls forward. His offensive influence waned as he took on more defensive duties.
5 Christian Pulisic (Bor. Dortmund/GER), 16/7.
“Ole-d” by a slick Hector Herrera move, glided past opponents a few times, nicked a cross that forced Mexican defense to
scramble, curled a shot well wide in the second half after finding space. 4 Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER), 32/8.
Battled hard to hold the ball under pressure, could not connect
with teammates on his passes and whiffed on a possible chance from close range. Made a few good runs that were ignored.
Substitutes: 5 Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers),
Lifted the level when he came on but fell asleep on point-blank chance Javier Aquino belted over the crossbar. NR Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), 104/37.
corner kick battling against two opponents. NR Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) 47/5.
Played out stoppage time. (Ratings: 1=low; 5=average; 10=high.)
. Bradley is just the sixth U.S. player to score a goal in a full international at the Azteca. The others: Willy
(1972), Ricky Davis
(1980), Eddie Lewis
(2005), Charlie Davies
(2009) and Michael Orozco
(2012). June 11 in Mexico City Mexico 1 USA 1. Goals:
Vela 23; Bradley 6. Mexico –-
Salcedo, Reyes, Moreno, Alanis (Gallardo 31),
Herrera, Dos Santos (Pineda 77), Fabian (Aquino 53), Vela, Hernandez, Lozano. USA –-
Guzan; Gonzalez, Cameron, Ream, Yedlin, Beasley, Acosta, Bradley, Arriola (Nagbe 63), Pulisic
(Zusi 90+2), Wood (Altidore 79). Referee:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador). Att.: