There's just not too much more exciting soccer than an old fashioned USA - Mexico clash on the soccer field. It doesn't matter who is even wearing the jerseys. You know it is going to an entertaining and passionate game. Tonight would be no different as Mexico looked ahead to the Copa America and both sides gear up for the Gold Cup in July.
The first thing you had to notice was the horrible pitch that was only laid down a few days prior. News had been made about the poor playing conditions for days and it was just as bad as we had heard.
The Americans got the brighter start with captain Michael Bradley and Deandre Yedlin showing influence down the right flank. The experienced American midfield of Bradley, Mix Diskerud and Kyle Beckerman were bossing the game.
Mexico started playing their way into the match after the twenty minute mark as El Tri finally started to get on the ball and establish some possession in the American end. Mexico were on the front foot as we crossed the half hour mark forcing both Beckerman and Yedlin to give away soft corner kicks. Mexico created a nice chance in the 40th minute a Greg Garza was beaten on the flanks. The low cross was put off the side netting by Eduardo Herrera and the match remained scoreless.
The game would go to the break with neither side getting on the board, but an entertaining half nonetheless.
Brek Shea, William Yarborough and Miguel Ibarra came on to start the second half for the Americans and it took Brek Shea only a minute to whip in a dangerous cross from the left flank. Once again the US opened on the front foot.
Two minutes later and the Americans were in front. Michael Bradley beat two in the midfield and streamed into the attack. He laid a pass into Zardes whose return pass was deflected. It fell perfectly for Jordan Morris who raced in and finished past Saucedo.
The US now had a lead to protect with forty minutes to play. We have seen how that has turned out over the past six months as they have blown lea after lead in the final minutes of play. What would tonight hold?
Mexico went right to work trying to get the goal back pushing the Americans into their own half. When Kyle Beckerman pulled up lame in the 60th minute the US lost their hard man in the defensive mid. Perry Kitchen would replace him and have a large ask.
Just when you thought it was going to be the Americans hanging onto the 1-0 lead for the final parts of the match Juan Agudelo struck at the other end. Only minutes after entering the game for Jordan Morris, Agudelo got on the end of a Michael Bradley ball, cut inside and blasted past Saucedo from twenty yards. 2-0 USA. Go back and look at that first touch from Agudelo as he handled the forty yard pass from Bradley.
Mexico almost pulled one back in the 73rd, but Montes saw his shot miss barely wide left. El Tri were clearly looking dejected though. The energy had left them. Michael Bradley almost scored directly from a corner kick in the 79th only to see the ball cleared off the line at the back post. It was all USA as a Mix Diskerud blast was blocked soon after.
Could there be any worse score than 2-0 for Mexico to lose to the US? The score brings back nightmarish memories for El Tri against the United States. Yet after 90 minutes there it was again. USA 2 Mexico 0