Once Upon A Time In Mexico: USMNT Make History With 1-0 Win

The United States got a shock goal from Michael Orozco Fiscal to record an improbable win over Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

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Miracle In Mexico: A Great Moment For U.S. Soccer

It may not be of great importance going forward, but the United States' win over Mexico at Estadio Azteca stands up with other great moments in U.S. soccer history.


Mexico Vs. USA 2012: Final Score, Uno A Cero

Prior to Wednesday night, the United States had played 24 matches against Mexico on Mexican soil without a single win. In fact, they had just one draw to show for all of their visits south of the border. But that streak is now old news. The U.S. went to Estadio Azteca on Wednesday and thanks to a goal from Michael Orozco Fiscal and two mind-boggling saves by Tim Howard, the Americans came away 1-0 winners to leave the Mexican crowd stunned.

The first half was all Mexico as they controlled the ball and kept the U.S. on the back foot all half. The Americans had just one real chance, capitalizing on a mistake by Mexico, but the chance went away when Herculez Gomez went to the ground asking the ref for a penalty that was not given.

Otherwise, the match was played almost exclusively in the Americans' third. They defended with numbers as Mexico tried to break them down, but led by Geoff Cameron, who was nothing short of tremendous all night, the U.S. defense held up. A couple corner kicks and a free kick scared the U.S. some, but they couldn't get a clear cut chance.

The second half looked like the first, only Mexico was able to turn the possession into chances. They had the U.S. in trouble and only a terrible miss by Javier Hernandez, a last second clearance by Cameron and some shoddy finishing from Mexico kept the match level.

It looked like the U.S. would hold on for a draw and be grateful, but then three substituties got involved on one of the Americans' rare forays forward. A great run forward by Brek Shea unlocked the Mexican defense before he crossed into a mess of people in the box. Terrence Boyd got to the ball and facing away from goal, blindly backheeled the ball towards goal. It found Orozco Fiscal, who just knocked it over the line and into the empty goal for a tally that maybe wasn't the prettiest, but it was plenty effective as the U.S. went 1-0 up with just 10 minutes remaining.


From that point on, the U.S really had to hold on for dear life and they only did because of Howard. Twice it looked like Mexico would score, but the American goalkeeper bailed the U.S. out. A deflected shot from distance wrong footed Howard and the ball was surely bound for the goal, but there was Howard to lunge at the last minute to save it.


Then only a couple minutes later, Hernandez got free in front and headed the ball right for the corner. Once again, Mexico had a sure goal and one again Howard was there to deny him with a sensational diving save.


That Orozco Fiscal goal and those two Howard saves proved to be the difference for the U.S. who jumped for joy when the final whistle went. They had their first ever win in Mexico and got to have their moment on the field at the Azteca as the Mexican team walked off stunned to the boos and whistle of the crowd.

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Mexico Vs. USA 2012: Michael Orozco Fiscal Scores, USMNT Up 1-0

The United States has a 1-0 lead on Mexico at Estadio Azteca in the 80th minute. They have had leads against Mexico in Mexico before, but this is pretty incredible stuff. It's been a rather dull contest, but a couple of substitutions by Jurgen Klinsmann have brought the game to life.

Brek Shea and Michael Orozco Fiscal came into the game int he 78th minute, and it took them less than two minutes to create a goal. Shea started the move by running into the box down the left side and putting a low ball into the center, to the feet of Terrence Boyd. The USMNT striker poked a backheel towards the goal and Orozco Fiscal made the perfect back post run, then applied the easy finish.

There are a few interesting things to note here. First, talk about clownshoes defending by Mexico. This is some pretty woeful stuff. How Boyd's backheel gets through is anyone's guess, as is wherever the heck Orozco Fiscal came from. Andres Guardado was probably supposed to be tracking him. Also, the scorer of the goal was Michael freaking Orozco Fiscal. Like, not good enough to play for the very poor Philadelphia Union Michael Orozco Fiscal. Wow. Wow wow wow. This is the guy who scored the goal to give the United States their latest ever lead at Azteca. Incredible.


Mexico Vs. USA 2012: Enter Terrence Boyd, Three Others

Terrence Boyd has entered for the United States to start the second half. He's on for Landon Donovan, while DaMarcus Beasley has entered as well, for Jose Torres. The USMNT was playing without wingers in the first half, but Beasley is a wide player and isn't going to replace Torres like-for-like. This is almost certainly now a 4-4-2 for the United States.

Mexico has made some changes as well. Elias Hernandez has come into the game for Manuel Viniegra, while Rafael Marquez Lugo has come in for Pablo Barrera. Mexico is probably going to have less width, but they're going to look less solid deep in the center as well. These are almost certainly changes to exploit the fact that the United States isn't exactly packing the midfield. Angel Reyna wasn't exploiting the space between the midfield and defense in the first half, and the two subs should do a lot more of that.

Boyd got off to a great start with his new club Rapid Vienna to start this season, but his play has cooled off considerably. Even with the United States' lack of depth at striker, he'll need to perform in this game and going forward for his club to stay in the team for competitive matches.


Mexico Vs. USA 2012: Match Underway

We're underway from Estadio Azteca for the rivalry match between the United States and Mexico, and the stadium is surprisingly half-empty. It's 7 p.m. in Mexico City where traffic is pretty lame, so we'll give fans the benefit of the doubt. There will probably be more people in the house by the 15th minute of the game.

The United States are playing a bit of an unorthodox lineup and no one was quite sure how they were going to line up. Now that the game is underway, we can tell you! Fabian Johnson is playing right back, while Edgar Castillo is playing left back. The formation going forward isn't obvious quite yet, but it looks like a 4-3-3. We'll have more on that later.

Oh, and it took less than 45 seconds for the United States to give away a dangerous free kick! Good news for the Americas, Angel Reyna puts it right into the wall. Still, not a good start for Jurgen Klinsmann's boys.


Mexico Vs. USA 2012: Lineups

The lineups are out for the United States and Mexico, and only one team's starting XI is the least bit surprising and interesting. Mexico's lineup is as expected, though there is one position worth pointing out. Angel Reyna usually plays as a winger, but will be thrown into a central attacking midfield role tonight. Giovani dos Santos, the regular starter, was unavailable on account of playing in the Olympics and getting injured. The United States have two left backs in their team, and one will play out of position at right back. Defensive midfielder Maurice Edu is playing central defense, while the midfield and forwards appear to be arranged in a 4-3-3.

Mexico Lineup (4-2-3-1): Guillermo Ochoa; Jorge Torres Nilo, Javier Rodriguez, Hector Moreno, Severo Meza; Jesus Zavala, Manuel Viniegra; Andres Guardado, Angel Reyna, Pablo Barrera; Javier Hernandez

United States Lineup (4-3-3): Tim Howard; Edgar Castillo, Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, Fabian Johnson; Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman, Jose Torres; Landon Donovan, Herculez Gomez, Danny Williams

Kickoff is at 8:00 p.m. ET, 7:00 p.m. local time from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. You can catch the game on ESPN2 or Univision in the United States.

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