2022 Concacaf World Cup Qualifying: USA 2 – Mexico 0


CINCINNATI (Nov. 12, 2021) — Christian Pulisic scored simply minutes after coming into the match and midfielder Weston McKennie netted a late aim within the eighty fifth minute to spice up the USA to a 2-0 win over archrival Mexico earlier than a sellout crowd of 26,000 in Cincinnati. The win wrote one other chapter within the storied historical past of Dos a Cero victories for america over Mexico in dwelling World Cup qualifiers. 

With the win, the USMNT moved to the highest of the Octagonal standings. Whereas the USA and Mexico at the moment are tied on factors with 14 every midway by way of the World Cup qualifying slate, the People maintain a slight edge in aim differential. The USMNT will end this World Cup qualifying window on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Jamaica (5 p.m. ET; Paramount+, Universo). 

The victory was the USA’s third in opposition to El Tri in official Concacaf competitions in 2021, marking the primary time the USMNT has overwhelmed Mexico thrice in a calendar 12 months. The U.S. is now 5-1-1 in dwelling World Cup qualifying matches in opposition to Mexico for the reason that 1998 World Cup cycle, with all 5 wins coming within the state of Ohio by 2-0 scores. 

After a back-and-forth first half, the USMNT got here out firmly on the entrance foot within the second, outshooting Mexico 11-3 and dictating play in entrance of a raucous sellout crowd at TQL Stadium. It appeared as if the USA could be the staff to get the primary aim, and it did courtesy of Pulisic who put the USA forward simply 5 minutes after coming into the sport within the 69th minute to exchange Brendan Aaronson. The aim, which can change into probably the most vital targets of the Octagonal, got here in Pulisic’s first motion for the USMNT since struggling an harm at Honduras in September.

The aim sequence began when proper again DeAndre Yedlin gained a header at midfield. The ball bounced to middle ahead Ricardo Pepi, who headed it again to midfielder Yunas Munah and he performed Tim Weah on the proper aspect. Weah squared up on Mexico defender Jesús Gallardo after which made sufficient area with a darting dribble in the direction of the top line to ship a pushed cross into the six-yard field. Pulisic timed his run completely, outmuscling his defender to get a head on the ball and redirect it into the left aspect of the aim as he was bundled to the bottom.

Pulisic’s aim, on one among his first touches of the night, marked his seventeenth all-time for the USMNT, shifting him right into a tie for ninth all-time with DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley and Earnie Stewart. 
 
The U.S. continued to generate the higher of attacking possibilities down the stretch, and the dynamic Weah was as soon as once more concerned in organising the insurance coverage aim, enjoying a cross from the proper wing to McKennie within the center. McKennie let the ball run to substitute ahead Jesús Ferreira, who performed a brief cross again to McKennie. The midfielder tried to return the favor, however his effort bounced off a Mexico defender and straight again into his path, giving him a one-on-one probability with Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. McKennie calmly slotted the ball into the left aspect of the online from eight yards out to clinch the vital three factors and the now well-known rating line.

Ferreira, making his World Cup qualifying debut, practically added a aim of his personal in stoppage time, however his hard-hit effort off a cross from left again Antonee Robinson flew simply huge. With Ferreira’s look, 26 gamers have made World Cup qualifying debuts this cycle, tied for second-most all-time with the entire 2006 and 2010 qualifying cycles.

After going through low defensive blocks in nearly each World Cup qualifier to date, this sport was huge open from the opening whistle and featured end-to-end motion. Whereas a hard-hit shot from ahead Weah marked the primary shot of the night time, Mexico had the higher scoring possibilities within the early going, forcing U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen to make two stellar saves and the U.S. middle backs to defend gamely within the field. Walker Zimmerman, particularly, performed an outstanding sport within the middle of the protection.

Steffen’s most vital save got here within the 18th minute after Yedlin chased down ahead Hirving Lozano to supply some defensive stress earlier than Steffen made a fantastic kick-save after which devoured up the ball to maintain the sport scoreless. 

Musah was a drive within the center from the get-go, successful tackles, retaining possession underneath duress, and driving the ball ahead into the assault. He mixed properly with Weah, who created loads of hazard of his personal with some skillful play on the proper wing. Within the thirty fifth minute, Musah created one of many USA’s finest first-half possibilities, combining with Aaronson earlier than weaving by way of a number of Mexico defenders contained in the penalty space on the left aspect earlier than crossing dangerously into the center.

The sport turned after the halftime break because the U.S. got here out of the locker room with renewed power and dominated the opening 10 minutes. The USA knocked on the door with quite a lot of harmful scoring possibilities, highlighted by a hard-hit shot by McKennie within the forty ninth that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was capable of deflect over the crossbar for a nook kick.

Because the USA took management of the sport, Mexico slowed issues down with some bodily, chippy play that sparked a flurry of scuffles and yellow playing cards. After a dispute on a throw-in within the sixty fifth minute stoked tempers, defender Luis Rodriguez took Aaronson down arduous within the 67th and the following fracas noticed him proven a yellow whereas Steffen, who had run out of his aim to affix the fray, and McKennie additionally acquired a warning.

The one negatives on the night time had been of the disciplinary kind, as McKennie’s second warning in qualifying means he might be suspended for the match in opposition to Jamaica on Tuesday, as will central defender Miles Robinson, who acquired yellow playing cards within the 59th and ninetieth minutes and was despatched off. The USA performed the 4 minutes of stoppage time with 10 gamers.
 

GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN

USA – Christian Pulisic (Tim Weah), 74th minute: Driving down the sphere, Yunus Musah performed to Weah on the proper flank. The winger moved inside, utilizing some fancy dribbling to create some area from his defender and despatched an ideal cross to Pulisic charging by way of the six-yard field. The Chelsea ahead bought round his marking defender and headed a ball down and into the left aspect of the online to open the scoring. USA 1, MEX 0

 

USA – Weston McKennie, eighty fifth minute: From the proper wing, Weah despatched a skidding cross in the direction of the penalty arc that McKennie let cross by way of his legs and it discovered Jesus Ferreira. The FC Dallas ahead performed to McKennie, who tried to play it again, however the ball deflected off a Mexico participant fortuitously put McKennie by way of on aim. The midfielder took a number of steps earlier than slotting a shot contained in the left publish from eight yards out previous a diving Guillermo Ochoa to safe the “Dos a Cero” rating line and three factors for the USA. USA 2, MEX 0 

 

 

KEY SAVES AND DEFENSIVE STOPS

USA – Zack Steffen, eleventh minute: Raul Jimenez initiated one among Mexico’s most harmful early possessions on the run downfield earlier than middle again Walker Zimmerman got here to defend the ball and Tyler Adams cleared it out of rapid hazard. Mexico labored it again into the field and Edson Alvarez ripped a shot, however Steffen dove to his proper to make the save. 

USA – Zack Steffen, 18th minute: Jesus Corona discovered Hirving Lozano streaking downfield on a harmful run and DeAndre Yedlin chased the ahead right down to disrupt the play, however Lozano nonetheless had a one-on-one alternative. Steffen bought his leg and fingertips on the try and push it away and hold issues stage at 0-0. 

 

MEX – Guillermo Ochoa, forty ninth minute: DeAndre Yedlin performed to Tim Weah on the proper wing and the ahead hit a hard-rolling cross close to the highest of the 18-yard field for McKennie. The midfielder ripped a shot on aim, however Ochoa was capable of attain up and deflect the trouble over the crossbar. 

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

• The U.S. now holds a 5-4-4 benefit in qualifiers for the reason that 1998 cycle and is 5-1-1 in dwelling qualifiers.  The USMNT improves to 22-36-15 all-time in opposition to Mexico and 7-16-7 in World Cup Qualifying.
• Gregg Berhalter improves 30-5-7 as USMNT head coach, tying Bora Milutinovic for fourth place on the all-time wins record. 
• Berhalter made two modifications to the Beginning XI that started the 2-1 win in opposition to Costa Rica final month, inserting defenders DeAndre Yedlin and Walker Zimmerman. 
• Tyler Adams captained the USMNT for the fifth time tonight. The staff is 4-0-1 in his 5 matches carrying the armband.   
• DeAndre Yedlin grew to become the thirty third participant in USMNT historical past to succeed in 70 caps. The veteran defender was the lone participant within the Beginning XI to have beforehand performed in a WCQ vs. Mexico, showing in each remaining spherical matches final cycle.  
• Forwards Brenden Aaronson and Ricardo Pepi and midfielder Yunus Musah made their first appearances in opposition to Mexico tonight.  
• Eighteen-year-old Yunus Musah earned his tenth cap on the one-year anniversary of his USMNT debut, which got here on Nov. 12, 2020 at Wales in Swansea.  

-U.S. Males’s Nationwide Group Match Report-

Match: United States Males’s Nationwide Group vs. Mexico
Date: November 12, 2021
Competitors: Concacaf 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Venue: TQL Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 26,000 (Sellout)
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET
Climate: 43 levels, rain

Scoring Abstract: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
MEX 0 0 0

USA — Christian Pulisic (Tim Weah) 74th minute
USA — Weston McKennie 85

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 12-Miles Robinson, 5-Antonee Robinson; 4-Tyler Adams (Capt.), 6-Yunus Musah (23-Kellyn Acosta, 82), 8-Weston McKennie; 20-Tim Weah (15-Chris Richards, 90+1), 9-Ricardo Pepi (19-Jesús Ferreira, 82), 11-Brenden Aaronson (10-Christian Pulisic, 69)
Substitutes not used: 13-Matt Turner, 7-Paul Arriola, 14-Cristian Roldan, 16-Gianluca Busio, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 18-Mark McKenzie, 21-Sam Vines, 22-Reggie Cannon
Head coach: Gregg Berhalter

MEX: 13-Guillermo Ochoa (Capt.); 23-Jesús Gallardo, 5-Johan Vásquez, 3-Julio César Domínguez, 21-Luis Rodríguez; 16-Héctor Herrera, 4-Edson Álvarez (11-Rogelio Funes Mori, 83), 7-Luis Romo (15-Héctor Moreno, 79); 22-Hirving Lozano, 9-Raúl Jimenez, 17-Jesús Corona (14-Roberto Alvarado, 79)
Substitutes not used: 1-Alfredo Talavera, 12-Rodolfo Cota, 2-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 6-Jorge Sánchez, 8-Carlos Rodriguez, 10-Orbelín Pineda, 18-Andrés Guardado, 19-Henry Martin, 20-Gilberto Sepúlveda
Head coach: Gerardo Martino

Stats Abstract: USA / MEX
Pictures: 18 / 8
Pictures on Purpose: 5 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Nook Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 13
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Abstract:
MEX — Luis Romo (Warning) forty fifth minute
USA — Miles Robinson (Warning) 59
USA — Zack Steffen (Warning) 68
USA — Weston McKennie (Warning) 68
MEX — Luis Rodríguez (Warning) 68
USA — Miles Robinson (Warning) 90
USA — Miles Robinson (Despatched Off) 90

Officers:
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: David Moran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
4th Official: Selvin Brown (HON)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Christian Pulisic



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