Tuesday, March 26, 2013

United States of America 0 - Mexico 0

Struggling CONCACAF titans Mexico welcomed eternal rivals United States of America to their friendly abode in Mexico City.  The German experiment for the United States was put on hold for a match as all fourteen players who saw the field had at some point in their careers played in the domestic competition Major League Soccer.  The United States nearly scored first when a Geoff Cameron header from eight yards was nodded just wide of the far post at the quarter hour mark after a Herculez Gomez corner kick.  Mexico were completely and utterly in control from that point forward.  Javier Hernandez (pictured, black #14) missed a point-blank header on an all-out sprint after Jorge Torres Nilo had unleashed a great cross into the six-yard box.  The teams went into the locker room at 0-0.

In the second period, Mexico really took to utlizing Javier Aquino (pictured, black #11) up the right flank to attack American left back Damarcus Beasley (pictured, white #7).  Center back Matt Besler (pictured, white #14) made a saving block with his body on a Jesus Zavala attempt to keep the Americans level.  With under twenty minutes left, a heroic thirty-yard dash by Graham Zusi allowed him to head away a point-black chance for Angel Reyna and save the shutout for the United States.  With a quarter hour left to play, American midfielder Mauric Edu came in from behind Aquino and knocked him down at the penalty spot, but the referee somehow waved play on.  Hernandez continued his miserable night with three minutes to go as he failed to connect on a half-volley off a free ball inside the box.  Reserve United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan played like a man who wanted to win the job outright, and his diving save denied Reyna in the dying moments of stoppage time to give himself a second shutout in five days' time.  Mexico had fifteen corners in the match, but no goals as the teams draw 0-0.

Panama 5 pts +2
Costa Rica 4 pts +1
USA 4 pts 0
Honduras 4 pts -1
Mexico 3 pts 0
Jamaica 2 pts -2

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