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USA battle Mexico to draw

Clint Dempsey and Rogelio Alfredo Chavez
Clint Dempsey and Rogelio Alfredo Chavez
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

April 2, the U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT) battled rival Mexico to a 2-2 draw in an international friendly at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., for a crowd of 59,066 noisy fans.

With the result, the U.S. is now 17-32-14 all-time against Mexico and 12-5-5 since 2000. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is now 28-11-8 at the helm of the U.S. team.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando moved to 10-0-1 in his career, making four saves against Mexico.

“I thought we started well, I thought we were too cautious in the second half," said Landon Donovan. "I thought we needed to come out with better energy in the second half keep the pressure on them. I think when they get a goal, their confidence goes up and they’re a different team. We allowed that. We allowed them back in the game.”

Sporting their new away kits for the first time, the USA started brightly, scoring twice in the first half, but Mexico came back after the break with two goals to even it out for the 2-2 result. Midfielder Michael Bradley scored the blistering opening goal and then assisted Chris Wondolowski's team-leading third clutch goal of the year and his career ninth.

Klinsmann's line-up featured a 4-4-2 formation and the back line included Michael Parkhurst and Tony Beltran at left and right back, respectively, with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez paired at center back. The diamond midfield included Brad Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, Kyle Beckerman at holding midfield and Michael Bradley at the top. Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski were paired up front to start.

The back line, pieced together for this match, was the most troublesome grouping for the U.S. side and the World Cup selections are still undetermined.

Mexico captain Rafael Marquez, former bad boy of the New York Red Bulls, scored for Mexico in the 49th minute, assisted by Marco Fabian, for his 15th career goal for Mexico. Alan Pulido scored the equalizer unassisted in the 67th minute.

Klinsmann made several changes in the 59th minute and Julian Green made his U.S. debut when he entered for Davis. Donovan replaced Zusi and Goodson took over for Besler. In the 72nd minute, DeAndre Yedlin earned his second cap when he replaced Beltran, and Maurice Edu entered for Beckerman.

Substitute Eddie Johnson put a ball in the net that should have been the game-winning goal, but it was incorrectly called offside.

"At the end, we deserve to win I think," said Bradley. "I think Eddie Johnson’s goal was onside, the play with Julian Green was maybe inside the box, maybe right on the edge, but there was certainly contact. If you look at it from the bigger picture, good game, great atmosphere, good night for the fans, and a good test for us as we move forward toward the summer.”

Next up

The USMNT begins its three-game Send-Off Series against Azerbaijan at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio


Scoring Summary:
USA - Michael Bradley (Graham Zusi) 15th minute
USA - Chris Wondolowski (Michael Bradley) 28
MEX - Rafael Marquez (Marco Fabian) 49
MEX - Alan Pulido 67

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 6-Tony Beltran (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 72), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 59), 15-Michael Parkhurst; 14-Kyle Beckerman (7-Maurice Edu, 72), 19-Graham Zusi (10-Landon Donovan, 59), 11-Brad Davis (9-Julian Green, 59), 4-Michael Bradley; 17-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 64), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 16-Luis Gil, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 23-Moisés Muñoz (1-Alfredo Talavera, 46); 28-Rogelio Chávez (22-Paúl Aguilar, 63), 6-Juan Carlos Valenzuela, 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 2-Francisco Javier Rodríguez; 27-Carlos Peña (9-Raúl Jiménez, 46), 17-Jesús Zavala, 7-Miguel Layun (16-Miguel Ángel Ponce, 68); 11-Alán Pulido, 18-Isaac Brizuela (10-Luis Montes, 57), 8-Marco Fabián
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Enrique Pérez, 26-Juan Carlos Medina
Head coach: Miguel Herrera

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 9
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
MEX - Miguel Angel Ponce (caution) 76th minute
USA - DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 83

Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea (PAN)

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