The US won an unforgettable victory in Cincinnati, defeating the more experienced team of Mexico in a world cup qualifier. The competition as a World Cup qualifier increased the intensity as the United States surpassed Mexico in the standings. The US team placed itself in a good position to enter the championship.

The US vs Mexico world cup qualifier

Both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first half, although both forwards had a chance. Mexico retains more possession of the ball. But American forwards Ricardo Pepi and Timothy Weah sometimes find holes in the defense. The second half of the game started very hotly, and both teams fouled and received yellow cards. Mexican defender Chaca Rodríguez was lucky to stay on the court, and he seemed to catch Brendon Aronson’s face and eyes as the players pushed.

Second half

Soon after, Gregg Berhalter decided to bring in captain Christian Pulisic. Pulisic usually considered the best American player in the world, once again proved his difference. Five minutes after playing, Pulisic hit Weah’s cross with his head, breaking the deadlock. The goal is further warmed. And although Mexico threatened to equalize, the United States was the one who won the decisive second goal. With 15 minutes left in the game, Weston McKenney and Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa deflected one-on-one, and McKenney easily pushed the ball into the corner.

American defender Miles Robinson was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Chucky Lozano in the 89th minute, but the 10 Americans insisted on winning. After the final whistle, an ode 2:0 sounded, referring to the legendary score in the biggest heads-up match in the United States.

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

Credits: nbcnewyork.com, ussoccer.com

Credits featured image: RickDikeman

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