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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • March 26, 2013
  • • 10:30 PM
  • • Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México (D.F.)
  • Referee: W. Lopez
  • • Attendance: 85500

Live Commentary

  • This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab) signing from LIVE commentary. Feel free to shoot your opinions on tonight's stunning match on twitter.
  • HUGE POINT for the U.S. on the road against Mexico. It's only the second point at Azteca in World Cup qualifying. Big questions will be asked of Jose de la "Chepo" Tore, who is right to be aggravated by a no call on a clear penalty by Edu late. Still, Mexico was ineffective again in the final third and this is two draws at Azteca. CONCACAF's hexagonal looks very open at this stage.
  • 90' + 4'
    Reyes header skies above the U.S. goal and it looks like the U.S. will lock up a draw. U.S. fans are whistling hoping to hear time.
  • 90' + 3'
    Brilliant save by Guzan!!!! Mexico tried to follow up with a shot but the Aston Villa keeper was there to stop it. Another corner for Mexico.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Brad Davis
  • 90' + 2'
    Good set piece defense from the U.S. as Besler heads it out. Another corner for Mexico.
  • 90' + 2'
    Costly foul by Davis who surrenders a free kick just outside of the box.
  • 90'
    Four minutes of stoppage time called. Can either team pull out a win?
  • 89'
    Dos Santos is showing the most fight for Mexico in the dying minutes but his shots continue to just miss the goal posts.
  • 87'
    Another blown chance by Chicharito. His misses right in front of goal, he blasts his shot above goal.
  • 86'
    The U.S. has had exactly one shot today. Mexico is up for a corner. Let's see if it can take advantage.
  • 84'
    All of Klinsmann's moves have pointed to one thing: he wants three points at Azteca again.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionGraham Zusi Brek Shea
  • 82'
    Dos Santos takes a beautiful curling shot that just misses Guzan's net. Shea is coming on for Zusi.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionJ. Aquino O. Bravo
  • 81'
    A sight for sore eyes... Omar Bravo makes his El Tri return after four years.
  • 80'
    Shea is about to come on.
  • 78'
    Not to take away from the U.S.'s stellar road performance but Mexico hasn't gotten the home field advantage it expected so far.
  • 76'
    Controversial call as Mexico wants a penalty for Aquino who was tackled by Edu. Replays seem to indicate that the U.S. got away with a bad call.
  • 75'
    Mexico quickly intercepts and charges up field.
  • 74'
    The U.S. is starting to build in the midfield again.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionJorge Emmanuel Torres Á. Reyna
  • 72'
    Another dangerous attack from Mexico, Guardado beats three U.S. defenders but his cross is stopped by Zusi.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionH. Gómez Brad Davis
  • 70'
    Brad Davis comes on for Gomez as the U.S. looks to take advantage of set pieces.
  • 68'
    Heart pounding moments for both teams as Mexico finally looked dangerous on a corner kick. Zavala beat Bradley in the box but his shot attempt just sailed above goal.
  • 66'
    Stoke winger Brek Shea is warming up for the U.S. as Klinsmann hopes to add some energy to his offense.
  • 64'
    The first promising attack by the U.S. is stopped by a offside call, still better from Klinsman's men.
  • 61'
    Since its aggressive first half, the U.S.'s offense has been almost non existent in the second half. The team should be very thankful of the performance of Gonzalez and its holding midfielders.
  • 58'
    Mexico continues to find its way into the final third but can't find the final finish against the U.S.. Chicharito will scoreless in three matches for El Tri if the score holds.
  • 55'
    SubstitutionJozy Altidore Eddie Johnson
  • 55'
    Surprisingly, its Altidore who is being pulled off for Johnson. It could be fueled by the fact that the team has yet to take a shot.
  • 53'
    Clutch interception from Gonzalez. Aquino beat Beasley and had a good angle towards Guzan's goal but Gonzalez slides in to intercept. Eddie Johnson is warming up.
  • 50'
    Mexico decides to call a second player to the ball instead of airing it out but still fails to find success. The U.S. quickly counters.
  • 49'
    There's a bit of total football in Mexico's attack as wingers and backs continue to overlap and interchange on the field.
  • 48'
    Azteca is very quiet now as anxiety kicks in. Seems like ages ago when the El Tri fans were signing Ole to start the match.
  • 46'
    Corner for Mexico goes begging again as it sails out of bounds.
  • 45'
    Game resumes as Mexico kicks off!
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  • 45' + 2'
    Boos reign on El Tri as the U.S. vs Mexico remains scoreless at halftime.
  • 45' + 1'
    Ochoa punches out Gomez's free kick, he probably should have caught the long range attempt.
  • 45'
    Altidore draws a foul 30 yards out and Gomez will take a free kick.
  • 43'
    Guzan has been excellent for the U.S. so far. Intercepting key plays and looking sharp in set pieces.
  • 41'
    Good set piece defense by the U.S. this time, blocking a throw in from Guardado.
  • 40'
    Poor pass by Altidore that almost proves costly. The U.S. forward tried to find Zusi on the right but was intercepted by Mexico's defense. The ball was quickly pushed up to Guardado but his cross went wide right out of bounds.
  • 38'
    Good fast paced attacking move by the U.S. The team found Altidore to hold up the ball and passed to Bradley who almost got past Ochoa in goal.
  • 37'
    Gonzalez has had a good game so far for the U.S., he's made solid interceptions and has gotten into the midfield at times to break up attacks.
  • 33'
    The game is continuing to be decided on the midfield. The U.S. is trying to take the wind out of the sails of Mexico's attack as it continues to get more aggressive during the game.
  • 30'
    Mexico has had all of the chances so far but haven't been able to finish. It is always dangerous when teams are allowed to linger. All it takes is one good chance for the U.S. to take the lead.
  • 28'
    Another good chance wasted by Mexico. Torres Nilo's cross set up Chicharito for an easy finish in front of goal but he couldn't take advantage.
  • 27'
    Mexico showed its weakness on set pieces as Zavala had a wide open header from a free kick but couldn't beat Guzan. Poor defending from the U.S.'s Cameron.
  • 25'
    The U.S. is maintaining its advantage on possession with 51 percent.
  • 23'
    Terrible corner kick delivery from Gomez. Ball sails completely out of bounds and gifts possession to Mexico.
  • 21'
    Dangerous for Chicharito as he gets a cross from Dos Santos towards his head but is effectively blocked from Gonzalez.
  • 20'
    Yellow Card Matt Besler
    The U.S. now has two defenders with yellow cards as Besler dives in on Dos Santos. Still, might have been a smart call as Chicharito was lurking on an open path on the field.
  • 16'
    Though the U.S. has looked weak on the left side, credit the team for being aggressive during the opening 15 minutes.
  • 14'
    A close call for Mexico as Cameron just misses on a header set up by a corner kick. If there's one area where the U.S. will have an advantage, it's in set pieces.
  • 12'
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  • 11'
    Sensing vulnerability in Beasley at left back, Mexico is being relentless in attacking the left hand side of the U.S.
  • 10'
    Surprisingly enough, the U.S. still leads Mexico in possession for the opening 10 minutes. The Red, White and Blue have had 60 percent of the ball so far.
  • 8'
    Yellow Card DaMarcus Beasley
    Uh-oh, Beasley was caught out of position and almost surrendered a penalty after tackling Dos Santos just outside of the box. Yellow card for Beasley.
  • 6'
    After a slow opening five minutes, Mexico has really picked up its aggression and the fans are chanting Ole!
  • 4'
    Corner kick for Mexico but Zusi is able to intercept with a header.
  • 2'
    The U.S. has slowed started to build momentum and possession. The players are responding to Klinsmann's call to be aggressive.
  • The U.S. kicks off and immediately Mexico gains possession.
  • Who's under bigger pressure in this game, the U.S. or Mexico's boss Chepo?
  • The anthems of both teams ring in front of the 100,000 fans in attendance at Stadio Azteca.
  • Both teams are emerging from the tunnel.
  • The flags are coming out for both teams. The crowd is already electric and the game hasn't started yet!!
  • In the last meeting between these two teams, Michael Orozco Fiscal scored late to give the U.S. a 1-0 friendly win at the Azteca Stadium in August 2012. It was the first win for the USA on Mexican soil after 75 years of trying.
  • The U.S. is 1-23-1 all-time in Mexico and 1-8-1 all-time at the Estadio Azteca. Other than the friendly win, the only time the Americans have not lost in Mexico was a 0-0 draw in a 1997 World Cup qualifier.
  • Probably the biggest surprise of the night is Besler starting for the injured Goodson. These are pressure circumstances and Besler is making only his second appearance for the Stars and Stripes, how will he respond?
  • For the U.S., here is the lineup: Guzan, Cameron, Besler, Gonzalez, Beasley, Bradley, Edu, Dempsey, Gomez, Zusi, Altidore
  • For the Mexico national team, here are the starters: Ochoa, Meza, Moreno, Reyes, Torres, Salcido, Aquino, Zavala, Guardado, Dos Santos, Chicharito Hernandez
  • Here are the lineups for both sides.
  • The big match is here as the United States national team faces Mexico at the Stadio Azteca!! This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab) and I will be providing my live insights throughout the North American Classico. Feel free to tweet me your questions and comments throughout the game. Kick off is in 30 minutes.