Mexico played the more cohesive soccer in this clash of youngsters until El Tri forward Angel Zaldivar's 67th-minute red card. The USA responded quickly to the ejection with 19-year-old Tyler Adams' first national team goal for a 1-0 win on Tuesday in Tennessee.
Player (Club) GP/G
5 Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew) 5/0
Best looking first-half save was a tip over bar on header that looked high anyway. Snagged a couple crosses securely. Easy diving save on a soft close-range shot. Committed a hand-ball, but El Tri failed to take advantage of free kick.
6 Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP) 3/0
Right-back played mostly with poise and broke up a second-half attack in the penalty area.
6 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL) 5/0
Booted a couple aimless balls in first half but made solid tackles throughout the game. Helped out Moore when needed.
6 Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA) 9/1
Won lots of headers and intercepted low passes. Third foolish foul, a shirt tug in midfield, earned him a yellow card. Lucky not to get a second yellow when his uniform was pulled and he lost his temper.
3 Eric Lichaj (Hull City/ENG) 15/1
Right back struggled defensively and did nothing offensively. Subbed in 56th minute.
5 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew) 8/0
Off his game defensively (Diego Lainez's feint left him sprawled) and offensively (lofted ball out of bounds while not under pressure). Victim of red-card foul by Zaldivar.
4 Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids) 19/1
Slammed an 19-yard free kick straight into the wall and did poorly with corner kicks. Defensively OK in midfield.
7 Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls) 7/1
Nice first-touch 13-yard finish for the 1-0 after storming from halfway line to meet Robinson's pass. Defensively, he helped prevent Mexico from turning midfield possession into serious threats.
4 Weston McKennie (Schalke 04/GER) 6/1
Hit one good pass before subbed in 40th minute because of sore knee.
5 Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA) 5/1
Came alive late in first half, winning corner kick with deflected long-distance shot and forcing save with 23-yard shot. Could have done better with his second-half passing.
4 Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew) 40/6
Fouled for the free kick Acosta wasted. Most experienced U.S. starter failed to spearhead the attack.
6 Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth/GER) 12/4
Replaced McKennie late in first half and took a couple shots (blocked by defender and wide). Active but imprecise in second half.
7 Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG)
Hit a good low cross that Zardes came up short on after entering in 56th minute. Delivered the crisp low pass from the left flank that Adams finished. Solid defensively at left back.
nr Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER) 41/12
His 10 minutes of action included a blow to the head and a yellow card.
nr Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)
An 85th minute sub.
nr DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG) 54/0
An 88th minute sub. Picked up a dissent yellow card.
nr Marky Delgado
(Toronto FC/CAN) 3/0
Entered in stoppage time.
(Ratings: 1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)
TRIVIA: The USA is now unbeaten against Mexico in 12 straight friendlies -- last having lost in in 1999, 2-1, in San Diego. All the friendlies have been hosted by the USA besides the USA's 1-0 win at Azteca Stadium in 2012.
Sept. 11 in Nashville, Tenn.
USA 1 Mexico 0. Goal: Adams 71.
USA -- Steffen, Moore (Yedlin, 86), Carter-Vickers, Miazga, Lichaj (Robinson, 56), Trapp, Acosta (Roldan, 85), Adams, McKennie (Green, 40), Weah (Delgado, 92+), Zardes (Wood, 80).
Mexico -- Gonzalez, Arteaga, Ayala, Abella, Alanis (Angulo, 86), Lainez (E.Hernandez, 75), Aguirre, Alvarado (Pulido 74), Guzman (Gallardo, 80), Zaldivar.
Yellow cards: USA -- Miazga 38, Yedlin 88, Wood 89; Mexico -- Alvarez 66.
Red cards: USA -- none. Mexico -- Zaldivar 67.
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica).
Shots on target: 3/3
Corner Kicks: 4/3