GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 2, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team players played to a 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium. The USA scored twice in the first half with Michael Bradley scoring the game’s opening goal and then assisting Chris Wondolowski’s team-leading third goal of the year. Wearing their new away kits for the first time in 2014, the USA increased its unbeaten streak to five games against Mexico (2-0-3 during its current stretch). The U.S. had held Mexico scoreless for 392 straight minutes until Rafael Marquez’s 49th-minute goal.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Michael Bradley (Graham Zusi), 15th minute: Graham Zusi, on the game’s first corner kick, delivered a perfect ball from the left side as Michael Bradley separated himself from Mexico defender Jesus Eduardo Zavala at the far right post. Bradley played the ball off a short hop and directed it into the net for his 12th career goal. It also marked the third time that Bradley scored off of a corner kick assist against Mexico. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Michael Bradley), 28th minute: The USA’s sharp passing from midfielders Graham Zusi and Clint Dempsey led to an attack from the right side as Tony Beltran crossed from the right flank. Michael Bradley flicked a header to the left side of the box, where Chris Wondolowski snuck behind Mexico’s Rogelio Alfredo Chavez with a right-footed toe poke goal. It was Wondolowski’s team-leading third goal of 2014 and the ninth goal of his career. USA 2, MEX 0
MEX – Rafael Marquez (Marco Fabian), 49th minute: Off of Marco Fabian’s right-footed corner kick from the left side, Rafael Marquez lost USA center back Omar Gonzalez on the set piece and had an open header from seven yards out, which he promptly placed into the left side of the net for his 15th career goal for Mexico. USA 2, MEX 1
MEX – Alan Pulido (unassisted), 67th minute: Paul Aguilar had the initial attack, with his shot ricocheting off of the left post. Alan Pulido was the quickest to react, converging for the rebound and equalizer. USA 2, MEX 2 (FINAL)
With his 12th career goal, Michael Bradley moved into a tie for 15th on the all-time U.S. MNT list with Frank Klopas and Clint Mathis.
Bradley, who made his first appearance of 2014, earned his 83rd career cap to move into sole possession of 22nd place on the all-time appearances list. Bradley had been tied with Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope who had 82 caps apiece.
Chris Wondolowski’s ninth goal puts him in a seven-way tie for 21st in the all-time USA goal scoring record books, matching the following players: Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff.
Clint Dempsey made his 103rd career appearance, passing former U.S. MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller (102 caps from 1990-2007) on the all-time list for 10th place.
With his 155th career cap, Landon Donovan, who entered the match in the 59th minute, is now only nine appearances behind all-time U.S. MNT leader Cobi Jones (164 caps from 1992-2004).
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT begins its three-game Send-Off Series against Azerbaijan at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
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The U.S. is now 17-32-14 all-time against Mexico and 12-5-5 since 2000.
The USA is now 2-0-1 all-time at University of Phoenix Stadium and 3-0-2 in Arizona.
With Clint Dempsey wearing the captain’s armband, the U.S. is 6-3-2.
Jurgen Klinsmann is now 28-11-8 at the helm of the U.S. MNT.
Klinsmann’s lineup Wednesday featured a 4-4-2 formation in front of goalkeeper Nick Rimando. The back line included Michael Parkhurst and Tony Beltran at left and right back, respectively, with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez paired at center back. Beltran made his third career appearance, and his first cap since the USA’s 4-1 victory against Cuba on July 13, 2013, in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The starting diamond midfield included Brad Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, Kyle Beckerman at holding midfield and Michael Bradley at the top.
At forward, Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski were paired up front to start.
Klinsmann made several changes in the 59th minute, as Julian Green made his anticipated U.S. MNT debut when he entered for Davis. Landon Donovan replaced Zusi and Goodson took over for Besler.
Eddie Johnson made his 63rd career appearance, replacing Wondolowski in the 64th minute.
In the 72nd minute, DeAndre Yedlin earned his second cap when he replaced Beltran, and Maurice Edu entered for Beckerman.
Nick Rimando moved to 10-0-1 in his career, making four saves against Mexico.
-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-
Please note: The below statistical information is subject to change and should not be seen as the official report. Final statistics will be posted at ussoccer.com, and the Budweiser Man of the Match will also be named.
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: April 2, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Weather: 90 degrees, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
MEX 0 2 2
1-0 USA – Michael Bradley (Graham Zusi) 15th minute
2-0 USA – Chris Wondolowski (Michael Bradley) 28
2-1 MEX – Rafael Marquez (Marco Fabian) 49
2-2 MEX – Alan Pulido 67
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 6-Tony Beltran (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 72), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 59), 15-Michael Parkhurst; 14-Kyle Beckerman (7-Maurice Edu, 72), 19-Graham Zusi (10-Landon Donovan, 59), 11-Brad Davis (9-Julian Green, 59), 4-Michael Bradley; 17-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 64), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 16-Luis Gil, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
MEXICO: 23-Moisés Muñoz (1-Alfredo Talavera, 46); 28-Rogelio Chávez (22-Paúl Aguilar, 63), 6-Juan Carlos Valenzuela, 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 2-Francisco Javier Rodríguez; 27-Carlos Peña (9-Raúl Jiménez, 46), 17-Jesús Zavala, 7-Miguel Layun (16-Miguel Ángel Ponce, 68); 11-Alán Pulido, 18-Isaac Brizuela (10-Luis Montes, 57), 8-Marco Fabián
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Enrique Pérez, 26-Juan Carlos Medina
Head coach: Miguel Herrera
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 9
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offside: 3 / 1
MEX – Miguel Angel Ponce (caution) 76th minute
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 83
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea (PAN)
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