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Mexico vs USA 1-1 – Highlights & Goals – 11 June 2017

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By FOOTBALL SPOTLIGHT

Mexico vs USA 1-1 Highlights & Goals
WC Qualifers,11 June 2017

1-0 Michael Bradley
1-1 Carlos Vela

Mexico 1 United States 1: Bradley stunner thwarts hosts in thrilling qualifier

Carlos Vela cancelled out Michael Bradley’s sensational opener at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying leaders Mexico and rivals the United States played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in Mexico City.

With political tensions high among the two nations, this was billed as the must-see international fixture of the weekend, and it did not disappoint after Carlos Vela cancelled out Michael Bradley’s sensational opener at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday.

The Azteca cauldron was silenced when USA captain Bradley chipped Guillermo Ochoa from outside the penalty area in the sixth minute, though Vela restored parity before half-time in the fifth round – ‘Hexagonal’ – of qualifying.

Hector Herrera and Bradley both hit the woodwork in the second half as the points were shared on the road to Russia 2018, with Mexico improving to 14 points, six clear of third-placed USA after six matches.

Mexico were without key trio Andres Guardado, Miguel Layun and Rafael Marquez for the clash due to injuries. 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.

Bruce Arena made seven changes to the team that beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0. Bradley, Geoff Cameron, DeAndre Yedlin and Christian Pulisic retained their positions as Brad Guzan, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, DaMarcus Beasley, Kellyn Acosta, Bobby Wood and Paul Arriola came in.

Met with a chorus of boos as their national anthem rang out in a sea of green shirts, Bradley and USA silenced the home crowd early.

In a dream start to proceedings, Bradley chipped Ochoa from distance for a sixth-minute lead, much to the delight of the travelling fans – the first USA player to score at the Azteca since Michael Orozco in August 2012.

Bradley’s exquisite goal rattled Mexico, who struggled to keep possession as the Americans managed to dictate play and keep the Azteca supporters quiet.

It was not long, however, before Mexico settled and found some rhythm. Jonathan dos Santos going close to an equaliser, with his low effort flashing just wide of the post.

Hernandez also had a good opportunity in the 20th minute. The Bayer Leverkusen star sprung the offside trap following a delightful chipped pass from Vela and attempted to lob the onrushing Guzan.

Mexico did not have to wait much longer for the equaliser after Vela levelled proceedings three minutes later.

The hosts broke free on the counter-attack and with the Americans outnumbered and out of position, Hernandez played the ball out to Vela, who cut insight on to his right foot before firing low and hard past Guzan.

That goal made it an end-to-end affair, though Mexico ended the half strongest, despite losing Oswaldo Alanis – replaced by Jesus Gallardo – to injury.

The second half was a much more cagey affair, until Herrera and Bradley livened up the contest.

Both Osorio and Arena turned to their benches for the decisive blow, but it was a starter who almost broke the deadlock for Mexico with 19 minutes remaining.

After Vela drew a foul from Bradley in a dangerous position, Herrera’s fizzing free-kick rattled the crossbar and bounced away to safety.

The woodwork also denied Bradley at the other end after the Toronto FC midfielder hit the post from long range.

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40 thoughts on “Mexico vs USA 1-1 – Highlights & Goals – 11 June 2017

  1. the first goal wouldn't exist if the defence wouldn't made the mistake as a professional shooting a ball from that distance is nothing out of this world the 2nd goal did you see how he manage to control timing, ball and shoot to sneak the ball by the middle of USA defense now that's a great player.

  2. Let me shut down your discussion; as a European I can tell you it's pretty much impossible for the USA to ever win the World Cup. On the other hand Mexico, they have great quality and can become the winners in the next 30 years. America just sucks at football. Women football is crap by the way, everyone pretty much sucks at it and no one takes it serious. Just the way it is, don't be mad at me for it.

  3. I support both TEAMS, but Man both need some serious work; The US needs more offense and quick plays, Mexico needs to tighten up on the defense they keep making some serious mistakes that keep causing them some poor results. If they keep rolling like this to the WC they're gonna get humiliated. And if Mexico gets torn up in the Confederations cup that'll give us a perspective on the US team as well.

  4. It's such a shame how good some of our players can be but we have no useful goalkeepers anymore. Guzan is a joke and the fact that he gets matches speaks to how pathetic of a pool we have to choose from.

  5. It's funny to read all this comments on how proud the US fans are for getting a lucky draw! LMFAO! Mexico without 4 starters had 74% of the position! And all the US fans forget they got that ass beat at COLUMBUS! HAHAHAHA! While the US stays home still going crazy for a draw Mexico is going to be playing in the confederations cup!

  6. That Mexico counter-attack goal though. This match would have been different had we had a couple of players that were missing, Tecatito, Guardado, Layun, just to name a few. I swear, he needs to stop putting Chicharito in from the start. Put that nigga during the second half or when there is like 10 minutes left in the game. The attack is held back from his inability to score simple goals… This game should have ended 3-1 in favor of Mexico, EASILY.

  7. ahahahahahaj Americans still need A lot to learn about soccer. what would happen if all the gold cups were in Mex as oppose to the usa? ahahaaaahhsjh. the king sleeps from time to time. USA gets happy, then the king wakes up. my favorite USA team, was in the 90s… humble players.. Meola, tabare ramos, Alexis lalas, Marcelo Balboa, Jones, Stewart, Eric Wynalda. even to mc Bride.. this team needs A lot to learn. NEXICO WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR DADDY. see you in confederations.. Bringing our B team to the gold cup. ahahahhha

  8. Mexico is such an overrated team you guys act like your the best when you beat teams like Jamaica, usa, or costa rica but when you guys face real competition like against chile you get beaten 7-1. Mexico only whent to the world cup because of the U.S

  9. PARKED THE BUS 95+ AJAJJAAJJAJAJAJ Mediocre USA stop calling yourselfs America, please, you guys have the dumbest school system ever, calling yourselves Americans, it is a Continent!!! Fuck you Gringos, all you think all Mexicans want to live in US hahahahaha We are not all broke. We go to the US and beat you all the time, in your stadiums jajajaja

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