All any American soccer fan can talk about this morning is the USMNT’s stunning draw with Mexico in a World Cup qualifier last night at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. A draw isn’t typically something to crow about, but considering the Americans’ terrible history in the stadium and the number of injuries they’re dealing with at the moment, it’s a point worth celebrating. The American defense was mostly excellent. Mexico missed some chances. The referee helped out a bit. And a good time was had by all (except for the Mexican players, their embattled coach, and any Mexico fans).
Rather than bore you with a match report (Mexico had most of the ball and a bunch of shots; the U.S. had not much of the ball and almost no shots), we bring you this KCKRS-style report with pics, gifs, and vids.
This is USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann wearing a shirt that is part of Nike’s U.S. Soccer Centennial collection and looking very “Meet me at the regatta” while doing it. This snazzy chest-crest look will set you back $100.
As always with the Mexico-USA rivalry, this game was intense and physical. I would not want to mess with Michael MacArthur* Bradley. He makes the Ironborn look like punks.
*“MacArthur” is not Michael Bradley’s real middle name, but wouldn’t it be cool if it was?
But Bradley wasn’t the man of the match for the Americans. That honor goes to Omar Gonzalez, who is very tall and very good at defending the soccer ball. Ask Gio Dos Santos.
The game’s most crucial moment came when Maurice Edu committed an obvious foul in the box, but the referee swallowed his whistle. Judge for yourself.
After that bit of good fortune, the Americans withstood a late Mexican barrage and held for the draw. Brad Guzan was happy. The small contingent of USMNT fans in attendance were happy.
The Americans fans at the Azteca were so happy, as a matter of fact, that they took up that tried-and-true tradition of heckling the home fans. Home fans who, it should be pointed out, didn’t do much of anything over the course of ninety minutes. Crowds that large (90k+) aren’t that quiet when they’re actually making a conscious effort to be quiet.
Anyway, USA! USA! USA!
Sure, liquid courage and the protection of a police detail emboldened the American fans to have a go at the Mexican faithful over a draw, but if you’re going to make the trip, you might as well get your money’s worth.
Despite the game’s late kickoff (roughly 10:30 EDT), the rivalry brought the television viewers in the door. Per Mac Nwulu, the game crushed a 15-year old record for a World Cup qualifier on the network.
In the aftermath of result, which Mexico’s third qualifying draw in a row and the second time they’ve failed to score at home, the country’s newspapers took a typically understated approach.
Nice of the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour to show up to support the Yanks. Wait.
The American players hammed it up for the camera after the game.
Oh, the glasses.
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