World Cup Qualifying Table, Standings and Updated Points After USA Draw
Jun 14 2017 by Lorena Waters
Mexico and the US battled to a 1-1 draw Sunday in their quadrennial World Cup qualifier before a sell-out crowd at Estadio Azteca.
As Mexico went on to dominate possession, the most thrilling moment of the second half for United States supporters came in the 76th minute, when Bradley nearly did it again all by himself.
Michael Bradley put his footprint on Sunday's USA men's national soccer team game against Mexico with a long-range finish 5:25 into the contest. It's quite a contrast to the frustration and futility at the end of Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching reign last November.
Mexico soccer team supporter Hector Rivera said, "We have nothing against the American team apart from the fact we want to beat them".
Back in November, just three days after the US election, the USA and Mexican national teams faced off in Columbus, Ohio.
The creativity wasn't quite there from Juan Carlos Osario's side, and it has been a quiet problem throughout recent matches despite the positive results. Mexico has the most points, while Costa Rica is tied with the USMNT at eight points.
Both of the bordering nations walked away from the match without a victory but tied at 1-1. He's right. Arena made seven changes to the starting lineup he had used on Thursday in a 2-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago.
"I'm not going to compare the current situation to any previous situations". Important minutes. I don't think that was always the case.
'President Trump has offended us, he is threatening us with his wall, ' López said. "I am a little greedy, I wanted all three points".
Bradley's goal aside, this was not one for the highlight reel but Arena measures his team's efforts through other factors and without question his players have stepped up ever since he stepped in.
"Here you know that if you catch a ball right, that with the thin air the ball's going to really fly", Bradley said. But if a few too many areas start to come down ... we're going to start to put ourselves in some hard spots.
With a mix of regulars and secondary players, the US team will regroup late this month ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, a regional championship with no bearing on World Cup qualifying.
However, it took Mexico only 15 minutes to to equalise, as Carlos Vela finished off a counterattack with a fine finish. Bradley was key in the midfield slowing down the Mexico midfield.
He wouldn't try to explain how he created confidence. So the next time around, I'm optimistic we can be better.
"Mexico does an unbelievable job in their spacing", Arena said in the post-match press conference. "I'm just doing things the way I do things". It's just a different environment, and a different mentality you can take when you know three weeks out when you're going to play, how you're going to prepare. The top three teams in the six-nation tournament advance automatically to next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.
They may not be in second long, though, since Costa Rica plays Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday. Mexico are top of the Hexagonal with 14 points and waltzing their way to Russian Federation after a dominant 3-0 home win over Honduras and a hard-fought 1-1 draw with the U.S.at the Azteca. The hexagonal concludes with matches October 6 against Panama at Orlando, Florida, and at Trinidad on October 10.
Geoff Cameron, Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez are far from being household names, yet they showed the type of defensive resilience that is needed if the team is to make progress, both in the immediate term and potentially at the World Cup. In the two decades since CONCACAF adopted the six-team hexagonal format for qualifying, it has taken at least 14 points to finish third in the standings and earn an automatic World Cup invitation.
Bradley said after the game that the USA was guilty of letting "a lot of little things drop" during their calamitous start to the Hex a year ago.