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Tyler Adams fires USMNT past Mexico

There was only one great scoring chance, but Tyler Adams took it, scoring his first international goal.

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USA 1-0 Mexico, final score

Well, that was a soccer game. That’s about as much as we can say. Neither team created much in the way of scoring chances, with each team’s inexperienced players looking very much like they’ll need more time to settle in.

The game turned in the USMNT’s favor when Angel Zaldivar picked up a red card for a bad tackle on Wil Trapp. With Mexico down to 10 men, the Americans picked up the pace, and Tyler Adams scored his first international goal shortly afterwards. Neither team would generate a better opportunity to score.

This was Mexico’s fourth consecutive defeat, so they’ll be just as desperate to hire a permanent manager in the next month as the United States.

GOAL Tyler Adams! USA 1-0 Mexico

Well, things have turned around fast! The United States had nothing to offer in attack before El Tri went down to 10 men, but the Americans instantly stepped on the gas after the red card, and now Tyler Adams has his first career USMNT goal. Antonee Robinson set it up with a square ball behind the Mexico defense, finding Adams, who applied a calm finish after a 40-yard run.

RED CARD! Mexico’s Angel Zaldivar is off!

Yikes, this is a nasty challenge. Zaldivar rightfully heads to the showers early after a jumping two-footed tackle on Wil Trapp. Expect the USMNT to push forward for the win now.

65’ — Highlight of the game: Matt Miazga height shaming

Diego Lainez has played well for Mexico, but he lost a challenge to Matt Miazga and got mad about it. Miazga had a wonderful response.

Weston McKennie injury: He’s sprained his left knee

I’m sure Schalke will be thrilled.

A little halftime update for the USMNT fans


32’ — Zack Steffen handles outside the area

I swear this is the most interesting thing to happen so far. Nothing came of the resulting free kick.

USA vs. Mexico lineups

USMNT boss Dave Sarachan has made his promised six changes, with only his center of midfield and goalkeeper staying consistent. There are new wingers, a new forward, and three new defenders in the lineup.

El Tri makes big changes too, with four players getting handed debuts. Hugo Gonzalez, Jose Abela, Gerardo Arteaga and Erick Aguirre make their first appearances for Mexico.

The United States and Mexico men’s national teams both appear to be undergoing serious overhauls following the last World Cup cycle. As both teams prep for the Gold Cup and beyond, expect to see a lot of fresh young talent on the pitch during their international friendly on Tuesday night.

TV coverage has an 8:30 p.m. ET announced start time, though the match is unlikely to kickoff before 9 p.m. ET. You can watch on ESPN in English or Univision Deportes in Spanish. The game will be available online through WatchESPN and Univision Deportes En Vivo for free with your TV provider sign-in. The game is also available via subscription services such as Fubo and Sling.

Both teams have interim coaches, and will be testing out a lot of new players. USMNT manager Dave Sarachan has said he will make up to six changes from the team that suffered a 2-0 defeat to Brazil on Friday. El Tri is also expected to debut a slew of young stars after a heavy defeat to Uruguay.

Key USMNT player: Tyler Adams

In lieu of a true No. 10, the USMNT is relying on Adams to be a creative force. He had some promising moments against Brazil, but it didn’t appear that he had much of a license to get forward, and the USMNT didn’t have the ball often enough to let him do that anyway. While a Mexico B+ team is still very stiff opposition, facing them is not quite as tough of a task as Brazil’s first team. More will be expected of Adams on Tuesday.

Key Mexico player: Diego Lainez

Hirving Lozano looks like he’ll be locking down the left wing spot for El Tri during this cycle, but there’s a battle to be won on the other flank. The favorite is Club America starlet Diego Lainez, who is expected to start against the Americans. He’ll be expected to cause some havoc on the right side of the pitch and create chances for his teammates.

On everyone’s mind: Jonathan Gonzalez

Mexican-American Jonathan Gonzalez, who famously switched allegiances after being ignored by U.S. Soccer, is expected to get some playing time for El Tri on Tuesday night. American fans, get something to cry into.

Kickoff time and how to watch USA vs. Mexico

Date/time: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET is the announced time, but kickoff is unlikely to happen before 9 p.m. ET.

Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

TV: ESPN (U.S. - English), Univision Deportes (U.S. - Spanish)

Online: WatchESPN (U.S. - English), Univision Deportes En Vivo (U.S. - Spanish)

Make friends: Check out U.S. Soccer blog Stars And Stripes FC and Mexican soccer blog FMF State of Mind.