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0 vs 1
USA
USA
Played
August 15, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
Estadio Azteca — Coyoacán, Ciudad de México (D.F.)
Referee:‬ W. Quesada‎
Attendance:‬ 56000‎
 
 
M. Orozco 79′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Mexico 0-1 United States

The United States pulled off a historic win at the mythical Estadio Azteca thanks to a Michael Orozco goal in the second half.

By Eric Gomez

  • Francisco Guillermo Ochoa
    13
    16
    2.50

    Francisco Guillermo Ochoa

    Solid when he was asked to save, which was not often. Lugo's blunder made it hard to defend on the goal.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    11
    14
    2.50

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Guardado was a constant threat on the left side when he took the ball up front. His crosses and shots however, were not.

  • Héctor Moreno
    3
    19
    2.00

    Héctor Moreno

    A statue on the Orozco goal play. Not a good display from one of Mexico's usual bright spots in the back.

  • Jorge Emmanuel Torres
    5
    14
    2.50

    Jorge Emmanuel Torres

    Solid, unspectacular play on the left side from Torres tonight.

  • S. Meza
    5
    19
    2.50

    S. Meza

    Got more TV time due to his attacking on the wing than for he had to defend. Shea flew by him to provoke Orozco's goal.

  • Rodríguez
    9
    15
    2.00

    Rodríguez

    Lazy in defense throughout the match. Should have been yellow carded for foul on Gomez.

  • Á. Reyna
    7
    15
    2.50

    Á. Reyna

    Not so solid audition to pry what is ostensibly Giovani dos Santos' spot when he gets healthy.

  • J. Zavala
    6
    12
    3.00

    J. Zavala

    Solid coming forward and solid when he had to defend against a counterattack here and there.

  • M. Viniegra
    5
    16
    2.00

    M. Viniegra

    Weak debut for the Tigres midfielder in a Tri jersey. Seemed lost and uncooperative with his mates for long stretches before being subbed out.

  • Javier Hernández
    35
    47
    2.00

    Javier Hernández Flop of the Match

    Was it Robin van Persie or the crowd chanting "Oribe" that threw him off? Either way, it was not his night.

  • Pablo Edson Barrera
    12
    18
    2.00

    Pablo Edson Barrera

    The question begs to be asked: How many more games is Chepo de la Torre going to give a clearly struggling Barrera?

Substitutions

  • Quique Cameo
    2
    14

    Quique Cameo

    Late spectator to the USA's historic win.

  • E. Lugo
    2
    17
    2.00

    E. Lugo

    Lugo was placed in an awkward spot on the pitch that at times saw him more as a center forward than midfielder. Didn't work.

  • E. Hernández
    16
    12
    3.00

    E. Hernández

    Easily the best sub for Mexico, a constant danger on the right side, terrorizing Castillo.

  • A. De Nigris
    7
    12

    A. De Nigris

    Not much to do for Aldo as a late sub.

  • Tim Howard
    132
    11
    4.00

    Tim Howard Top of the Match

    Spectacular saves after Orozco's goal kept the match from being tied in a crucial spot.

  • E. Castillo
    26
    34
    2.50

    E. Castillo

    Badly beaten by Elias Hernandez for most of the second half until Beasley was switched on to hi

  • Fabian Johnson
    51
    10
    3.00

    Fabian Johnson

    Steadying presence in the back for the United States, which dealt with a flood at the start of the game.

  • Geoff Cameron
    83
    30
    2.50

    Geoff Cameron

    Was mostly unseen but helped out plenty when most of Klinsmann's team was penned in by Mexican attack.

  • Jermaine Jones
    30
    32
    2.50

    Jermaine Jones

    Usual Jones performance as the stocky midfielder got carded for a hard foul.

  • J. Torres
    17
    47
    2.00

    J. Torres

    A ghost in his first-half appearance. The Pachuca midfielder was a non-factor.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    40
    34
    3.00

    Kyle Beckerman

    Timing was correct on Beckerman's defensive interventions, almost scored a dream goal off a fluke.

  • Maurice Edu
    58
    9
    3.00

    Maurice Edu

    Edu's performance in the back as a modified defender was stellar considering that's not his usual spot on the pitch.

  • Daniel Williams
    24
    31
    3.00

    Daniel Williams

    Along with mates in the back, survived Mexican onslaught for better part of match before tide turned.

  • H. Gómez
    37
    17
    2.50

    H. Gómez

    Can't blame him for not having enough space and opportunities to create danger during his time on the pitch.

  • Landon Donovan
    19
    35
    2.50

    Landon Donovan

    Landon's performance was stifled by an injury that forced him to come off after the first half ended.

Substitutions

  • M. Orozco
    86
    7
    3.50

    M. Orozco

    His name will simultaneously live in honor and infamy for fans on both sides of this huge rivalry thanks to historic goal.

  • J. Corona
    24
    9

    J. Corona

    Late sub who caught tail end of glory.

  • Brek Shea
    99
    8
    3.00

    Brek Shea

    Stellar run at Meza provoked game's only goal.

  • DaMarcus Beasley
    28
    28
    2.50

    DaMarcus Beasley

    Misused as more of defensive player than for his usual offensive prowess.

  • Graham Zusi
    42
    13
    3.00

    Graham Zusi

    Good performance from Zusi who stopped some of the bleeding on defense as well as pushing up front when needed.

  • Terrence Boyd
    74
    7
    3.00

    Terrence Boyd

    Should that back heel have gone in, it would be him USA fans would be praising, but the misfire did allow Orozco to get a shot off.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. A. PulidoStrikerMexico3.67
2. C. PeñaMidfielderMexico3.33
3. RodríguezDefenderMexico2.83
4. Rafa MárquezDefenderMexico2.83
5. L. MontesMidfielderMexico2.83
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0