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.
Ed C
Thursday August 16, 2012 4:50 am
didn't get to watch the game but its amazing that the "B" team could be the Mexicant's in Mexico City when the "A" team couldn't all these years. Way to go boys!
Thursday August 16, 2012 4:03 am
I thought our back line was going to be a nightmare tonight... but boy was I wrong. Was that a young gooch and boca out on the field?? (I jest)

Also, not sure why people were hating on Shea before the game... I think it's clear he's one of our 10 best midfielders.

Really didn't think Torres played well, again. It's unfortunate, but he doesn't seem to fit our style of play. And yes, he's good, but I'm not sure he's good ENOUGH to rebuild our entire program around.
Cole Joseph
Thursday August 16, 2012 12:17 am
Well that was a huge win. Big boost to the confidence I'm sure. Howard was stunning as usual. He's the player this team absolutely can't live without. Also considering the circumstances I think Cameron was brilliant. Really gives me a little hope for the future of the backline. Also I really hope this game gets Shea back in form. That was the kind of Brek Shea US fans want to see and when he plays like that this team is much much better.
Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:43 pm
Timmy MOTM easy. But, hats off to shea, boyd and orozco for making, continuing and finishing an amazing play!
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