- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 16, 2012
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- Features, Mexico, USMNT
On a midweek FIFA date that saw US National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann bring in mostly domestic and Mexican based players to his short camp in Mexico City, the US team did the unthinkable on Wednesday night by winning their first game at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
A goal by Michael Orozco Fiscal in the 80th minute gave the United States its first ever win against Mexico in Mexico, 1-0, Wednesday night.
In 24 matches in Mexico prior to Wednesday’s win, the Americans had lost 23 times and earned a 0-0 tie in the Azteca during the Hexagonal qualifying series of 1997.
At Azteca, Mexico had lost just eight of 119 internationals. The last defeat was to Paraguay in 2007.
Decades of frustration are now over for the US, it’s players, it’s coaches, and it’s teams. The result is definitely historic and one that people will take about for ages. It took 75 years for this result to happen.
Days before the game many people were discussing the gap that was present between the US and Mexican teams. Mexico has seen plenty of international success as of late by winning the U17 World Cup a year ago and the Olympic gold this summer in London. Many people expect this Mexican side to be good for years to come – and believe me – they will be even after this result.
The US did their part in this game. They struggled to keep the ball in the first half, didn’t create a ton of chances, weathered the storm of chances by Mexico, and did just enough in the end to get the result. In a way this was a mindset change that US fans have been waiting for against teams like Mexico. Players and coaches now know how to win in places like Mexico City – even if it means not bringing the absolute best group of players to do it.
We possibly got a glimpse of our own future as well with this group that picked up this first win too. The center back duo of Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu worked. Simple as that it worked. Tim Howard will tell you the same.
The break for the US came late in the second half. Brek Shea was brought on in the 77th minute and immediately made an impact on the game as he helped create the game-winner to Orozco.
The USA now holds a 6-1-2 record in 2012, already equaling its six-win total from 2011. Not bad. I think more will come our way here.
US fans can celebrate this win. If anything this should give them the boost they need going into the rest of the World Cup qualifying this fall. It should give fans confidence in Klinsmann to pick the right roster and players for certain situations as well. While the roster for this game had a few surprises (hello Shea, DeMarcus Beasley, and so on), those surprises played well in the end and helped bring in this historic win.