Thursday, August 13, 2009

ATH: Mexico 2, USA 1

USA 1 - Mexico 2

The United States scored early, but couldn't hold on as Mexico came back for the Wednesday afternoon win at Azteca. A great piece of skill from Charlie Davies put the USA up 1-0 in the ninth minute, but Mexico would equalize in the 19th through a bending strike from outside the box by Israel Castro. Three minutes after entering the game, Miguel Sabah hit an 82nd minute winner to give Mexico all three points.

“We know we’re a great team and I think we have what it takes to win here, but today we were a little bit unlucky," Davies said. "They were able to control most of the game with possession, and I think that’s what hurt us.”

Davies' goal was the only shot on frame Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa faced. US keeper Tim Howard had to come up with several clutch saves, recording five for the game.

"Obviously, the altitude is never easy, but I thought we did very well to prepare. We got beaten by a very good team today," Howard said.

US defender Oguchi Onyewu will miss the September 5th Qualifier against El Salvador due to yellow card accumulation. In an increasingly physical game, he picked up a card in the 27th minute. Jay DeMerit (29th) and Carlos Bocanegra (45+) were also shown yellow cards.

“I said this week that I didn’t want people to get carried away," US midfielder Landon Donovan said. "This wasn’t a live or die game for us; it was for them. Now, it puts us in a little bit more of a difficult position, but our next game is home with El Salvador, which we expect to win, and away to Trinidad, which we expect to win. We still feel if we win those two games, we’re going to qualify.

-- Game Report --

Match: United States vs. Mexico
Date: August 12, 2009
Competition: FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Final Round
Venue: Estadio Azteca – Mexico City
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Charlie Davies (Landon Donovan) 9th minute
MEX – Israel Castro (Cuauhtémoc Blanco) 19
MEX – Miguel Sabah (Efrain Juarez) 82

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 15-Jay DeMerit, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.); 8-Clint Dempsey , 13 -Ricardo Clark (7-Stuart Holden, 58), 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Landon Donovan; 9-Charlie Davies (17-Jozy Altidore, 76), 11-Brian Ching (16-Benny Feilhaber, 58)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 2-Jonathan Spector, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 14-Jose Francisco Torres
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa; 5-Ricardo Osorio, 3-Carlos Salcido, 2-Jonny Magallón, 16-Efraín Juárez; 17-Giovani dos Santos, 8-Israel Castro, 6-Gerardo Torrado (capt.), 18-Andrés Guardado (7-Nery Castillo, 71); 10-Cuauhtémoc Blanco (11-Carlos Vela, 56), 9-Guillermo Franco (14-Miguel Sabah, 79)
Subs not used: 4-Aarón Galindo, 12-José de Jesús Corona, 15-José Antonio Castro, 13-Oscar Rojas
Head Coach: Javier Aguierre

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 4 / 15
Shots on Goal: 1 / 7
Saves: 5 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 7
Fouls: 16 / 10
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (caution) 27th minute
USA – Jay DeMerit (caution) 29
USA – Carlos Bocanegra (caution) 45+
MEX – Efrain Juarez (caution) 75
MEX – Giovani dos Santos (caution) 86

Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Anel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jaime Smith Duncan (PAN)
Fourth Official: Luis Rodriguez de la Rosa (PAN)

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