Mexico v US: World Cup Qualifying from Columbus, OH

Sort of wish the USMNT would hire Miguel Herrera just to help coach this specific game.

4′ Nice combination play through the middle with Pulisic and Bobby Wood finds Fabian Johnson on the wing who sprays his cross.  First real venture forward by either side.

6′ Gio Dos Santos send a cross towards Chicharito at the back post but cross floats out of his reach.  USMNT appeared to have it covered.

7’Layun for Mexico turns around the USMNT defense on the left side and slips in a cross that Chicharito (unmarked from about 8-yards out) can only stab wide.  Maybe Timmy Chandler isn’t the best choice for the Starting XI.

9′ Mexico rattles the post with a blast from about 20-yards by Coronoa.  Reyes for Mexico picks up a yellow as the US tries to counter off the rebound.  Inches from early disaster.  GK Howard does get a fingertip to it that may have kept it out.

15′ It’s John Brooks. It’s John Brooks.  He hacks down the theatrical Chicharito somewhat unnecessarily.  Given a quick yellow card despite his protestations.  Clearly a deserved Yellow.

20′ Fabian Johnson gets this cross right but Altidore can’t get enough on to it to threaten.  Was nice to confirm that Altidoe is in fact on the field.

20′ MEXICO GOAL….Miguel Layun cleans up a loose ball from the scrum.  Deflected shot squirms past Tim Howard.  1-0 El Tri.  https://twitter.com/FOXSoccer/status/797248992576815104

23′ Bobby Wood great solo effort earns a Corner.  Cross from Pulisic towards the 6 on target to Altidore but Hector Moreno from Mexico makes sure he can’t get a touch.

25′ Mexico running riot down left flank and a cross finds Carlos Vela in the area for Mexico and his header clatters off the crossbar and away.  Another bit of fortune for the US or it would be staring at dos-a-cero early

31′ rare sequence of smooth transition soccer from the US by Jones-Pulisic -Wood leads to nothing after Altidore’s chip pass does little.

33′ Bradley finds Altiodre at the back post off a set piece and his header is clumsily dealt with by Mexico and cleared off the line.  Not an especially powerful header.

35′ Jermaine Jones somehow isn’t booked after a hard foul in the defensive 1/3.  Dos Santos’ free kick fizzes over the bar and didn’t appear to trouble Howard.  But Howard is down after slipping on the ensuring goal kick.  He appears to be testing his groin which is the only way to phrase that.

40′ Brad Guzan is on for Tim Howard.  Howard heads right to the locker room.

42′ John Brooks elbows Chicharito in his head and Chicharito was also evidently sniped down as he rolls around grabbing at his lower back suffering the worst physical pain in human history.  Prayers for his recovery.

44′ Timmy Chandler gets a soft yellow card for a foul on Corona.  I think that one was the ref trying to keep a lid on things.

HALFTIME: 1-0 Mexico

Statistics from ESPN

Possession: 59% Mex 41% US

Shots (On Goal): Mex 9(3) US 2(1)

10 Fouls 5
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Offsides 1
1 Corner Kicks 0
2 Saves 1


46′ right out of the gate weird scramble in front of the Mexican goal and ball spills out to Jones whose shot is blocked.  Again Pulisic making something happen.

49′ USA GOAL!!!!!  Jozy Altidore with a lovely turn and quick sprint then slides a ball fwd to Bobby Wood who keeps his cool.  Hardly a clinical finish, as a deflection sees it home but the end result is all that matters.  https://twitter.com/Deadspin/status/797260934263742465

55′ cute training ground corner kick for the US amounts to a weak shot from Jones a mile wide of the post

58′ bad giveaway from Mexico as Michael Bradley steps out to intercept but his shot causes no problems.  Bradley should have worked with Wood.

59′ Mexico’s Herrera booked for a terrible flop in the penalty area.  Really poorly done.  No need for this in soccer. FIFA could make that a point of emphasis but it’s got bribes to count.

61′ Chandler find a cutting Johnson for the US but the curling effort clips the top of the net on the wrong side of the crossbar.

64′ game officially boiling over.  Fouls all around and lots of post whistle posturing.

69′ Layun for Mexico with a smart tactical foul to haul down a breaking Bobby Wood.

74′ US brings on former Tottenham megastar Deandre Yedlin for Timmy Chandler

74′ Bobby Wood clever turn and volleyed denied well by the Portero…Mexico then counters but just beyond Chicharito’s stretch.

75′ Pulisic gets chopped down in the final 1/3 and Salcedo from Mexico with at least a yellow.  That one might have been orange….Altidore free kick parried over well.

79′ Johnson with a timely intervention to cut out a cross that was going to find Chicharito for a tap in.

80′ game wide open now.  Neither side appears content to share the honors.  Rafa Marquez with a terrible foul to stop a counterattack and ref ignores the foul and no card given.

81′ US last change, bringing on Michael Orozco for Matt Besler.

88′ MEXICO GOAL!!! off its 1st corner of the game a glancing header from Rafa Marquez at the near post on the edge of the 6.   As FS1 commentators note, nobody was on the back post for the US. https://twitter.com/FOXSoccer/status/797271174656892929

92′ Salcedo, already on a yellow, given a yellow for time wasting which might be the dumbest way to get a red card in soccer history….tempers flare and lots of tough guy shoving and yelling.


First USMNT WCQ loss on home soil since 2001. (re Grant Wahl)

Mexico dominated the opening 45′ and would have been up 3-0 if it wasn’t for some favorable bounces off the woodwork for the USMNT.

US started fast to the second half and got an early goal from the effective Altidore-Wood partnership.  But one set piece was the difference and contrary to the series history, the set piece advantage Mexico this time.  Pulisic – Wood – Altidore (2nd half) is a nice attacking trident but Michael Bradley added little of note and I don’t share Jurgen Klinsmann’s faith in Timmy Chandler.

If Klinsmann wasn’t feeling some economic anxiety over his job status before today things could get quite uncomfortable after a visit next week to a tough Costa Rican side.

Statistics from ESPN

Possession: 58% Mex 42% US

Shots (On Goal): Mex 12(4) US 11(7)

20 Fouls 16
3 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 1
1 Offsides 3
5 Corner Kicks 1
2 Saves 6

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