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MNT Earns First Win at Estadio Azteca

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Mexico for the first time on its home soil with a 1-0 win at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, marking one of the biggest U.S. victories in an international friendly.

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Tim Howard

IN THE IMAGE: Tim Howard led the MNT to a shut out of Mexico at the famed Estadio Azteca

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  • USA Carries Momentum into World Cup Qualifying when it Faces Jamaica on Sept. 7 in Kingston and Sept. 11 in Columbus, Ohio

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 15, 2012) – The U.S. Men’s National Team achieved one of its biggest international friendly victories, defeating Mexico for the first time on its home soil with a 1-0 win at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday.

Mexico entered the match with a 23-0-1 all-time record against the USA in Mexico, but the United States broke that drought when Michael Orozco Fiscal scored his first international goal in the 79th minute, giving the USA only its second lead at Azteca.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard then came up with two clutch saves against Mexico forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to preserve the historic win.

The USA returns to 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying when it faces Jamaica at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 7, at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Four days later, the teams square off again at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. That match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision (TICKETS).

— U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report —

Match: USA vs. Mexico
Date: August 15, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio Azteca
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Attendance: tba
Weather: 72 degrees, mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                         0  1   1

MEX                         0  0   0

USA – Michael Orozco Fiscal (Terrence Boyd) 79th minute

USA : 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 7-Maurice Edu, 15-Edgar Castillo (4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 77); 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Joe Corona, 89), 5-Kyle Beckerman, 6-Danny Williams (8-Graham Zusi, 60), 16-Jose Torres (18-Terrence Boyd, 45); 10-Landon Donovan (17-Damarcus Beasley, 45), 9-Herculez Gomez (11-Brek Shea, 78)
Subs not used: 3-Matt Besler, 19-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX : 1- Guillermo Ochoa; 5- Severo Meza (3-Enrique Perez, 88), 2-Francisco Rodriguez (capt.), 15-Hector Moreno, 20-Jorge Torres Nilo; 17-Jesus Zavala, 6- Manuel Viniegra (23-Edgar Lugo, 45), 18-Andres Guardado, 7-Pablo Barrera (11-Elias Hernandez, 45); 10-Angel Reyna (9-Aldo de Nigris, 73), 14-Javier Hernandez
Subs not used: 4-Hugo Ayala, 8-Adrian Adrete, 12-Alfredo Talavera
Head coach: Jose Manuel de la Torre

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 6 / 15

Shots on Goal: 3 / 3

Saves: 3 / 2

Corner Kicks: 0 / 10

Fouls: 11 / 10

Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:

USA – Maurice Edu (caution) 14th minute

MEX – Hector Moreno (caution) 31

USA – Jermaine Jones (caution) 69

USA – Graham Zusi (caution) 82


Referee:Walter Quesada (CRC)

Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)

Assistant Referee 2: Octavio Jara (CRC)

Fourth Official: Alfredo Penaloza (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: tbd

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