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From the beginning, you knew this was going to be an intense matchup, physically and emotionally.
This rivalry is always exciting because it is played with so much heart.
USA made a big play within the first six minutes of the game. Midfielder, Michael Bradley scored the first goal of the game. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was so far out of the box, that all Bradley had to do was chip it right over him.
Mexico did not let USA enjoy the glory for too long. Forward Carlos Vela tied up the game with a nice shot into the far post. Vela escaped the defender, and struck the ball with his left foot scoring for Mexico.
After the restart
By the half, you had two players out. Mexico’s midfielder Marco Fabian was carted out after an injury to his left leg.
USA’s defender DaMarcus Beasley went down holding his right knee. He walked off the field but was being evaluated.
After the half, Beasley returned to the field, and the tied game only became more physical as both teams were ready to win.
After a foul, Mexico was given a chance for a free kick and a chance to take the lead. Midfielder Hector Herrera missed by hitting the crossbar.
Soon after, Carlos Vela, was also given an opportunity, and the ball skyrocketed right over the goal. Two game changing kicks that did not go Mexico’s way.
Both teams giving it all they had and never giving up, ended in 1-1 draw. Both teams played with great energy and spirit.
Mexico is headed to Russia, while USA is headed home with valuable points. USA unbeaten in 7 games under Bruce Arena made this draw feel like a win for both teams.
Written by Erica Bennett
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