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This US Goal Against Mexico Last Night Will Be Replayed for Decades

15 Juin 2017

US coach Bruce Arena changed seven starters and used a five-man defense to overcome the thin air and short recovery time and the team's all-time record in World Cup qualifiers at Azteca moved to 0-5-3.

The U.S. Men's National Team meets Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico, on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (6/11/17).

It was the third time the US had gotten a point in World Cup qualifying at the Azteca, along with games in 1997 and 2013.

In a World Cup qualifier between Mexico and the United States, the two teams tied 1-1.

Against Trinidad and Tobago, he clearly selected his starting eleven on the premise that the US would be dominant in possession throughout the 90 minutes and deployed what looked to be a solid 4-4-2.

Bradley was buoyed by the result post-match, with the former Roma midfielder heaping praise on Arena, who replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November for a second spell at the helm.

Of course, climbing from last to third in the final round of World Cup qualifying has eased pressure immensely.

Despite those near misses, neither team could muster up a victor and the contest finished a 1-1 draw.

ALL'S WELL: After so many decades of heartbreak at the hulking venue, the U.S. can be proud to have taken a victory and two draws from their last three visits to Azteca.

Even though Arena has raised the bar, the US has more climbing to do.

Playing defense for 84 minutes plus stoppage time was never in the cards, and both teams were positive, pushing forward with speed whenever possible, with chances for each side, especially from set pieces. Juan Carlos Osorio, however, was able to call upon Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano, Hector Moreno and Marco Fabian after they were rested for Thursday's 3-0 win against Honduras.

"I'm not going to compare the current situation to any previous situations".

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Interrogé peu après sur ces contradictions, il a refusé de répondre. "Le Qatar a un passé de soutien à des groupes qui vont de l'activisme à la violence", a-t-il affirmé, avant toutefois de souligner des "efforts récents".

"We were close tonight", Arena said. I'm a little greedy.

Bradley added: "The game went the way we expected it, the way we wanted". "You always know in this stadium if you can catch a ball clean, the thin air is really going to take it".

Michael Bradley, take a bow. Speaking in Azteca's tunnel on Monday night, Bradley diagnosed what had gone wrong. The goal was nice, but how many players does the U.S. have that can run up and down the field for two straight matches at altitude, keep possession calmly, and spray the ball to the wings consistently? "The mentality and the commitment from every guy was really, really good". Bradley netted four goals and had seven assists and 51 games a year ago.

"When you have the confidence of the manager to put you in a game like this, it means everything, obviously", said Brad Guzan, who started against Mexico in place of No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Bradley seems to have a knack for scoring against Mexico.

He wouldn't try to explain how he created confidence.

"There was a lot of time on the ball, but not enough creativity", he said.

It is safe to say Acosta hasn't won the job yet, but his stock is rising very quickly. "I'm just doing things the way I do things. Now, we can go into Mexico and play with our minds clear".

Mexico remains unbeaten in the "Hexagonal", the final round of CONCACAF qualifying, with a 4-0-2 record and 14 points.

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.

They may not be in second long, though, since Costa Rica plays Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday. None of the five American players one booking away from being suspended for the September game against Costa Rica - including Bradley, Cameron, and Altidore - were booked. The hexagonal concludes with matches October 6 against Panama at Orlando, Florida, and at Trinidad on October 10. When you consider the Americans lost the battle of position 76%-24%, earning a point on Mexican soil is an absolutely stellar result.

"We were certainly positioned to get three points", USA coach Bruce Arena commented. Even if Beasley had an outstanding game, the 35 year old is not good enough to be a first team fullback at the highest worldwide level.