The After Bar: USMNT 1 – Mexico 0
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That just happened. An understrength, but undeterred U.S. men's national team walked into Estadio Azteca and weather the crowd and 75 years of history to smash-and-grab a 1-0 win against Mexico. A series of substitutes for Jurgen Klinsmann's side, Brek Shea on… well… the break played the ball across the front of goal where Terrance Boyd backhealed the ball towards an onrushing Michael Orozco Fiscal (why was he so far upfield!) bundled the ball over the line and cued the celebrations.
For all the recent criticisms of keeper Tim Howard losing a step there were no compliants for the big man as he came up with several massive saves alongside his solid, make-shift backline.
The record in Mexico City still doesn't look pretty, 1-23-1, but now history is written with more to come.
Post-match analysis from American soccer's best writers:
Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) – “Mind the Gap: Klinsanity Make History”
Brian Straus (Sporting News) – “U.S. national team defeats Mexico for first ever win at Estadio Azteca”
Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) – “Historic win in Mexico provides mental value for U.S. going forward”
Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated) – “USMNT player ratings vs. Mexico”
Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) – “U.S. makes history in Mexico” (player grades)
Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) – “Three things we learned from U.S. – Mexico”
Steve Davis (NBC Sports Network) – “Fab five of talkers from a huge win over Mexico”
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