Mexico draw with USA, maintain lead at top of qualifying group

Pauline Gross
June 13, 2017

Intercepting a pass in midfield, Bradley had a quick look up at goal, and saw Guillermo Ochoa. The final game came, played in the beehive that is Estadio Azteca, came after just two days of rest. The United States would go on to tie Mexico 1-1 Sunday.

United States coach Bruce Arena made seven changes from the side that beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 in Colorado on Thursday but it was his regular captain Bradley who put them ahead after just six minutes. Bradley is the team's captain with 133 career caps and 16 goals. It was an unbelievable goal from Michael Bradley early on that gave the US the lead, before Carlos Vela leveled the scoring less than 20 minutes later.

Three teams from the Concacaf region will qualify for next year's World Cup, while the team in the fourth place will play-off against Asia's fifth-placed nation.

Panama hosts Honduras on Tuesday, when Costa Rica hosts Trinidad and Tobago.

Should USA beat Costa Rica on September 1 at home and earn at least a draw September 5 at Honduras, it will be in flawless position to qualify ahead of October's winnable games against Panama and at Trinidad and Tobago. And this was the first time it came in a World Cup qualifier in which the U.S. got a point. "We've made up some lost ground, so I feel good about that".

The United States and Mexican national men's soccer teams played to a 1-1 draw Sunday night in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Guzan, 32, conceded a well-struck goal by Carlos Vela midway through the first half and watched Hector Herrera's second-half free kick smack the frame.

Three minutes later, Bradley stung a 30-yard bid off the right post. Knowing that the elevation was going to be a factor, the United States gradually prepared for this by playing in Salt Lake City and Denver in the week leading up to this and sleeping in altitude tents.

A downpour began during second-half injury time. Now we just have to keep going'. "I was close to nine yesterday". Still, the USA 11 was solid, if conservative, with a five-man back line.

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"We tossed it around in our office with our coaches and they were probably not real supportive of the idea since they maybe don't have enough experience in that formation", Arena said. "I felt like I was able to read what we wanted to do and step in".

Sixteen minutes later, Vela took an assist from Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and eluded Bradley in the right side of the box and put a left-footed shot past goaltender Brad Guzan.

That being said, Mexico did make sure to maintain their voice at the Sunday game.

Instead of jeering at each other, though, the two teams posed for group pictures together and fans even bought one another beers.

Klinsmann tried a similar tactic during in November's loss to El Tri but quickly abandoned it.

"We've been beaten up so much lately: the wall, NAFTA renegotiations". Sometimes with Jurgen [Klinsmann] you wouldn't know until the day of the game. "Now we had two weeks to really prepare". And he's scored big ones before, in the World Cup, Gold Cup, Confederations Cup - and he's now scored seven World Cup qualifying goals. Several hundred fans from the American Outlaws were clad in red, white and blue, and chanted "U-S-A!" In both cases, the plan worked as the Americans claimed three points in the match they urgently needed to win (against last-place Trinidad and Tobago) and collected a point in Mexico City, where they've never won a qualifier, dating to the 1940s.

Now 65, Arena is a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

CITY (AP) - Bruce Arena has managed the tricky task of establishing a sense of calm along with urgency within the US soccer team.

At the end, the Americans were gassed even 18-year-old star Christian Pulisic. For the latest episode of SportsJOE Live we took over the Sugar Club in Dublin.

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