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  • August 15, 2012
  • • 8:00 PM
  • • Estadio Azteca, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México (D.F.)
  • Referee: W. Quesada
  • • Attendance: 56000
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  • THAT'S IT! The USA has won on Mexican soil for the first time EVER!
  • 90'
    Four minutes of stoppage time
  • 90'
    ANOTHER SAVE HOWARD! This one even better than the one before! Somehow he keeps out a point-blank Chicharito header. What a save!
  • 88'
    Substitution Jermaine Jones J. Corona
  • 88'
    Substitution S. Meza Quique Cameo
  • 86'
    Mexico has five minutes and change to avoid losing to the USA at home for the first time EVER
  • 85'
    Save Howard! Chicharito's shot deflects and slowly rolls towards goal, but Howard shifts his body to keep it out
  • 81'
    Yellow Card Graham Zusi
  • 81'
    Just into the game, Brek Shea beat his man and centered for Boyd, whose backheel goes right into the path of Orozco Fiscal, who finishes from six yards out. Incredible stuff here!
  • 80'
    GOAL USA! Orozco Fiscal of all people scores!!!
  • 79'
    Goal M. Orozco
  • 78'
    Substitution H. Gómez Brek Shea
  • 76'
    Substitution E. Castillo M. Orozco
  • 76'
    Chicharito MISS! Elias Hernandez whips in a great cross and the Manchester United striker screws his header wide of the far post from right in front of the net
  • 73'
    Substitution Á. Reyna A. De Nigris
  • 73'
    Mexico getting a bit frustrated. El Tri's been on top, but it hasn't created many chances. De Nigris on now to give his side two strikers instead of one
  • 70'
    Jones with his customary yellow after a nasty high challenge. Nothing to see here folks, move on
  • 69'
    Yellow Card Jermaine Jones
  • 65'
    Chicharito played in behind, but a vital intervention from Johnson. The back line is wobbling, but still holding up
  • 64'
    Guardado with a free kick from outside of the box JUST wide of the far post. Howard had that one covered, though
  • 61'
    Gomez with a long free kick parried away by Ochoa, then Beckerman nearly scores a bizarre goal as his slide tackle from about 30 yards out loops onto the roof of the net
  • 59'
    Substitution Daniel Williams Graham Zusi
  • 58'
    The USA is reeling a bit now. Its shape isn't as good as it was in the first half and Mexico is finding some more gaps, particularly down the left side of the American defense
  • 56'
    Elias Hernandez gets a cross into a dangerous area, but Cameron gets an absolutely vital touch with his head to clear. Great showing so far from the Stoke City man
  • 53'
    Yikes. Gomez blasts a shot over but if he would've got his head up, he would've seen Boyd WIDE OPEN in front of the net
  • 52'
    Beasley gets a bit lost, allowing Hernandez to get a long shot in that Howard parries away
  • 50'
    Chance for Lugo, who lost Beckerman in the box, but his looping header goes wide. Miscommunication between Beckerman and Cameron there
  • 49'
    Donovan had tightness in his hamstring, which is why he went off at the half. He was a question going into the match
  • 46'
    Substitution Landon Donovan DaMarcus Beasley
  • 46'
    Substitution J. Torres Terrence Boyd
  • 46'
    Substitution M. Viniegra E. Lugo
  • 46'
    Substitution Pablo Edson Barrera E. Hernández
  • 46'
    We're underway in the second half. Boyd and Beasley in for the USA, Torres and Donovan off
  • Halftime. Not a great spectacle for the neutrals, but the USA will be happy at how its backline has played and kept Mexico scoreless
  • 45'
    Guardado nearly played in after a one-two, but Howard is off his line to smack the ball away for a corner. El Tri hasn't taken advantage of a number of corners thus far
  • 42'
    Chicharito draws a foul 40 yards out by running into Donovan and falling over. Reyna's free kick goes over everybody
  • 36'
    Guardado gets loose on the left flank but Cameron and Edu are there to clear at the near post. The new center back pairing has been solid so far
  • 34'
    Danny Williams gives the ball up at right mid. He's often struggled when he's played there out of position. Normally a defender or defensive mid
  • 31'
    Yellow Card Héctor Moreno
  • 31'
    Gomez earns a yellow card on Moreno after touching the ball past him around midfield. Well done by the Santos man
  • 28'
    Torres Nilo gets a long-range strike off, but it sails wide.
  • 26'
    Howard comes out to punch away a cross and Edu is down in the box. Looks like he got an arm into his defender's head
  • 23'
    Cameron again with some decent work on Chicharito, winning the ball off the Man U striker
  • 20'
    Edu's clearance goes straight to Guardado, who fires wide. Looks like the Rangers man was looking to pass, but nobody was there
  • 18'
    No semblance of possession for the USA right now. Going to be tough to continue like this
  • 16'
    Guarado hits the ensuing free kick into the wall, then has a shot deflected out for a corner. Mexico well on top right now.
  • 14'
    Yellow Card Maurice Edu
  • 13'
    Good interplay from Mexico and Edu brings down Hernandez. Yellow for the converted center back
  • 11'
    Torres Nilo whips in a cross and Cameron barges Hernandez over in the box. U.S. lucky the ref didn't call that as a PK
  • 11'
    Torres Nilo whips in a cross and Cameron barges Hernandez over in the box. U.S. lucky the ref didn't call that as a PK
  • 9'
    Better this time from Cameron, who cuts out a pass to Hernandez. Out for a corner
  • 6'
    Almost a disaster for Cameron as Barrera slots a ball in behind him, but it's just beyond Chicharito's reach
  • 5'
    Gomez gets in behind the Mexico defense after a scramble from a free-kick, but his shot is wide after he's brought down. Maybe a PK shout?
  • 2'
    Reyna goes off the wall. Early bullet dodged
  • 1'
    Early free-kick chance for Mexico at the top of the circle. Jones with the foul
  • 1'
    We are underway!
  • The teams are in the tunnel, ready to come out. Kickoff is in about 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, Mexico is in a 4-2-3-1: Ochoa; Meza, Rodríguez, Moreno, Torres Nilo; Zavala, Viniegra; Guardado, Barrera, Reyna; Hernández
  • We'll see normal midfielder Maurice Edu get a start at center back, and we'll also see normal left back Fabian Johnson get a start at right back
  • The USA will come out in a 4-3-1-2 lineup: Howard (c); Johnson, Cameron, Edu, Castillo; Jones, Beckerman, Williams; Torres; Donovan, Gomez
  • Greetings and good evening, this is Seth Vertelney, and I'll be taking you through tonight's friendly at Azteca Stadium between the USA and Mexico