The USA fell to Mexico, 2-1, in a battle of under-20 men's teams at the Revelations Cup in Mexico City.
The loss was the first in 10 international games in 2022 for the USA, which won the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship to qualify for the 2023 Under-20 World Cup and 2024 Olympic men's soccer competition. The USA and Mexico did not meet in Honduras, where Mexico fell to the Dominican Republic in the Concacaf semifinals.
Mexico went up 2-0 on goals by Mexican-American Christain Torres (LAFC) following a turnover in midfield and on a free kick by Joshua Mancha in the first 22 minutes.
The USA reduced the deficit on a penalty kick in Diego Luna (Real Salt Lake) in the 35th minute but could not find an equalizer. It dominated possession but struggled to find clear-cut opportunities against a compact Mexico defense.
Mexican referee Guillermo Pacheco did the USA no favors. He could have awarded a second penalty when U.S. midfielder Alejandro Alvarado was wiped out in the penalty area.
• The U.S. U-20s will play their final game at the Revelations Cup against Paraguay on Tuesday.