JOHN KRETLOW - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The United States National team won their first game ever at Mexico in the Estadio Azteca Wednesday night.
After 75 years and 25 attempts by the Americans, Michael Orozco Fiscal's goal in the 79th minute gave the US a historic victory over their storied rival.
Mexico dominated the possession throughout the game, while the US played inspired and organized defensively.
The first half saw sparse opportunities for the US, but their best shot came early in the 5th minute when Herculez Gomez sneaked in back of the Mexican backline and was brought down by contact. The Santos Laguna forward still managed to take a shot that went wide of Guillermo Ochoa's goal.
In the 37th minute, Mexico's Andres Guardado sent in a dangerous low cross aimed at Javier Hernandez, but Stoke City's Geoff Cameron was first to the ball to dispel the opportunity.
A frustrated Mexico went into half time scoreless, but came out inspired and nearly found the back of the net on many occasions.
In the 56th minute Cameron again came up big defensively as he denied Hernandez a clear shot by heading a ball out of danger impressively.
The US almost scored on a freak play in the 61st minute, as Kyle Beckerman lofted a 40 yard shot over an out of position Ochoa that sailed just over the top of the goal.
As the game entered its final stages and a scoreless draw was looking to be the final score, the US found the back of the net because of a couple of unlikely sources.
Just fresh from coming in the game, Brek Shea made a run into Mexico's box, beat a defender, and slid a ball to Terrance Boyd. The forward back heeled the ball to a streaking Orozco who tapped the ball in for the only goal of the game.
Mexico would put the pressure on in the end though, causing Tim Howard to come up with two highlight reel saves in the dying minutes. Hernandez was the author of both shots, one from a deflected shot and another from a close range header.
Jermaine Jones and Maurice Edu received yellow cards for the US, while Héctor Moreno was booked for Mexico.
The US next goes on to play a pair of World Cup Qualifiers in September against Jamaica, as Mexico will do the same against Costa Rica.