Mexico vs. USA, 2014 World Cup qualifying: USMNT hold on to draw at Azteca

Mexico spent 90 minutes been on top of the USMNT, but they didn't have the cutting edge to get a goal past Brad Guzan. That meant a historic 0-0 draw for the United States.

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MLS is a shining star in US tie vs. Mexico

Everyone who played for the United States against Mexico cut their teeth in MLS, the first time the USMNT has featured such a lineup since 2005.


Mexico's success comes in spite of Chepo

The United States' draw against Mexico on Tuesday night was not a fluke, but part of a pattern for El Tri. 'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre's decisions haven't made sense from the beginning of his tenure.


Brad Guzan should never have had doubters at all

Did you doubt Brad Guzan's ability to step into the US national team? That was silly of you.


USA-Mexico sets ESPN qualifying record

Despite a 10:30 p.m. ET start and a 0-0 draw, a record World Cup Qualifying audience tuned in.


USMNT grab impressive draw at Azteca

The United States have avoided defeat at Estadio Azteca for the second time ever in World Cup qualifying, and 'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre's employment status is very much up in the air after his Mexico side failed to win for the third-straight qualifying match.


15 minutes to play, still no goals

Update: Final Score - Mexico 0-0 USA: Match report.

As the minutes ticked away not much changed. Mexico definitely had the better of the ball but there really wasn't much in terms of creativity from El Tri. That suited the US just fine as every minute that went by moved them closer to getting their first meaningful result in Azteca in decades.

In the 69th minute a scramble in the box created easily the most frightening moment for the United States. Mexico had several good touches but the final shot from Jesus Zavala was deflected by Omar Gonzalez with his hip and out for a corner. Mexico did nothing with the set piece but it was the first time the US defense looked really out of sorts. They settled though and dealt with the danger and that's what you have to do.

Mexico was close again in the 72nd minute but Graham Zusi's insane individual effort prevented what looked like a sure goal. Giovani Dos Santos dribbled close to the US goal along the touchline before finding Angel Reyes completed unmarked at the far post. Before Reyes could take a shot or even get a touch, Zusi came rocketing in from the midfield and knocked the ball away for a corner.

Mexico were denied a fairly clear penalty in the 76th minute when Maurice Edu hammered into Javier Aquino from behind. The referee was right on top of the play and waved away the protest as Mexican players surrounded him.

It's going to be a nervy final 15 minutes.

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Costa Rica get first Hex win

One point? No problem. Los Ticos have bounced back from defeat against the United States with an 2-0 home win against Jamaica.


Mexico are on the attack but it's still scoreless

Update: Final Score - Mexico 0-0 USA: Match report.

There are 30 minutes left at Estadio Azteca and despite improved play from Mexico, the match remains scoreless.

Neither team made any changes to their lineup coming out of the locker room, but things definitely looked different. Mexico were immediately more aggressive on the attack and immediately pressed the US back on the heels from the opening whistle.

Mexico created a bit of a unintentional dangerous moment in the 46th minute when Javier Aquino's speculative low cross from the right was tipped by Matt Besler and forced Brad Guzan to dive and push it wide of the far post. Luckily for the US, Javier Hernandez wasn't lurking in the space or he might have been able to net himself a gift goal.

In the 50th minute Maurice Edu gave the ball away very cheaply and forced DeMarcus Beasley to make a quick recovery in the US box to prevent a Mexico chance of goal. Aquino was back probing the right wing in the 52nd minute and his cross was clipped well over the crossbar. With Beasley carrying a yellow card, he has been forced to give Aquino and bit more space and he struggling to deal with his pace since he cannot afford a second card.

Jurgen Klinsmann made his first substitution of the match in the 55th minute, bringing on Eddie Johnson in place of Jozy Altidore.

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Mexico and US scoreless at halftime

It wasn't the most exciting first half but that's not a bad thing if you're a fan of the United States


Mexico come close twice to an opening goal

Update: Final Score - Mexico 0-0 USA: Match report.

Mexico's pace, in the form of Giovani dos Santos, continued to cause problems for the United States defense and drew the second yellow card of the match in the 20th minute. This time it was Matt Besler who had no choice but to take out Dos Santos in the midfield to prevent a break on goal. No doubt it was a foul and no doubt on the card, but it will only make things more difficult going forward with two US defenders carrying cards.

Javier Hernandez got a good chance in the 21st minute, getting in-between two US defenders and heading a cross over the crossbar. Omar Gonzalez did a pretty good job of marking Chicharito and had good position but it was a definitely a shot across the bow for the defense.

Still not much attacking from the US but they've limited Mexico's chances and defended very well when they needed to make a play.

Mexico came close in the 26th minute on a set piece when Jesus Zavala was left unmarked at the far post and got a free header on frame. Brad Guzan was in the right place and made a fairly easy catch on the attempt. Two minutes later Jorge Torres got loose on the left wing and sent a cross that was mishit over the bar as Chicharito and dos Santos seemed to get in each other's way.

We're 30 minutes into the match and it's still scoreless at Estadio Azteca.

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Mexico the more dangerous side early

Update: Final Score - Mexico 0-0 USA: Match report.

The opening couple minutes of the match were a bit herky jerky and disjointed but the United States had the better of possession early and did a good job keeping the ball away from Mexico. There was nothing particularly dangerous about the US but at least they weren't sitting back.

When Mexico did get the ball and push forward they managed to look dangerous, or at least create potentially dangerous moments for the US defense.

DeMarcus Beasley was tested early did great with the first attack but earned a yellow card for taking down Giovani Dos Santos in the 8th minute. The subsequent free kick whizzed through the box and out for a goal kick but it was definitely a nervy moment for the US.

The US came very close in the 15th minute on their first corner of the match after Geoff Cameron's header went just wide. The referee blew his whistle for a foul but there didn't seem to be anything there. Close call for both sides.

No surprises really from the opening 15 minutes though, despite the US attempting to push forward early it was only a matter of time before Mexico became to exude pressure on the defense. They haven't broken though yet but as the crowd ramps up and Mexico sees more of the ball, you get the feeling it's coming.

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Mexico vs. USA: Lineups

Both coaches were forced to make slight adjustments due to injuries and/or suspensions and both decided to take risk with starters in the defense.


Guardado a huge threat on the El Tri left

Are you a USA fan worried about the likes of Chicharito and Giovanni dos Santos for tonight's game against Mexico at the Azteca? Well, you should be. But you should also be at least a little bit concerned about the presence of Andres Guardado on El Tri's left side. So writes Ryan Rosenblatt at Stars and Stripes FC, SB Nation's USMNT blog:

[N]othing and nobody will be as much of a terror for the U.S. defense as Andres Guardado.

Guardado is in absolutely scintillating form for Valencia right now and has carried that form over to Mexico. With his breathtaking pace, surprising strength for a 5'7'' winger and ability to cut in as well as get to the endline and put in a cross, Guardado is the best winger in CONCACAF. That he can drop deep to receive the ball, push high or even cut in makes it almost impossible to starve Guardado of service, too.

Unfortunately for the U.S., that is the kind of player, and position, they are most vulnerable to right now.

Is Ryan overstating things? Yeah, a little bit. Guardado doesn't provide the sort of headache that the elusive figure of Javier Hernandez routinely dishes out to the world's best defenders, and he doesn't pull the strings of an attack like dos Santos does at his best. But he's certainly right in that he's a very good player and one of the key elements of Mexico's game.

In other words, if Jurgen Klinsmann doesn't have a way of stopping play going through Guardado on that left hand side, the US are in deep trouble indeed. Right backs Steve Cherundelo and Timothy Chandler are both out injured, so Geoff Cameron -- not known for his mobility -- will have to step in. Hrm.

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USA vs. Mexico: A mature look at the rivalry

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Get to know Mexico with this scouting report

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Mexico's missing captain won't help USMNT

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Honduras hits the road to take on upstart Panama

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Finally back at home, Costa Rica hosts Jamaica

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ESPN offers big-time coverage of USA-Mexico

A one-hour pre-match show and a re-air of the USA-Costa Rica match will precede the game.

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