MICHAEL ADUBATO - Thursday, February 7, 2008
The USA extended their home unbeaten streak over Mexico to 10, playing out to a draw thanks to goals from Josmer Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu at Houston's Reliant Stadium.
Although the Mexicans had the lions share of the ball and outshot their American hosts, it was the Standard Liege's stalwart who put the USA ahead at the half hour mark.
After his trademark long throw-in that was punched away by Guillermo Ochoa in the Mexican goal, the ball fell to Landon Donovan who hooked it back into the box for Onyewu to head off the right post and into the back of the Mexican net for his third international goal.
The celebrations were short lived as El Tri leveled the score five minutes later when Jonny Magallon netted his first national team goal after 20 appearances when he sent a Pavel Pardo pass by Tim Howard.
For the second time on the night, Bob Bradley's team was ahead, this time courtesy of New York's teenager who latched onto Drew Moor's cross and powered it past a stranded Ochoa for his first international goal.
Fulham's Clint Dempsey later netted one for the Americans, but was rightly disallowed when the offside flag went up.
Magallon notched his second of the night to knot the score when Carlos Salcido deflected Fernando Arce's corner into the box and it fell kindly for the Chivas defender.
Mexico created a few more scoring chances but were not able to breach the American goal, as the game ended in a respectable tie.
Despite having won nine of the last 13 contests, Mexico are still way ahead of their northern rivals with the series at 29-14-11.