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April 2, 2014
• 11:00 PM
• University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Referee: R. Moreno
• Attendance: 59066
M. Bradley 15'
C. Wondolowski 28'
R. Márquez 49'
A. Pulido 67'
I hope you've enjoyed following along as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you. Stay with Goal for all your postmatch coverage with features and opinions from both the American and Mexican perspectives. And that's my cue! I'm Jon Arnold. Hope you'll join us again soon.
90' + 5'
Dempsey stands over the set piece and knocks it well wide of the goal. That will do it, and our final score is 2-2.
90' + 4'
Donovan counters and draws a foul nearly on his own. This will likely be the last chance of the match.
90' + 3'
Donovan makes a run but the final pass doesn't come off. Now Mexico in control. Montes' effort is blocked by Goodson.
90' + 3'
Mexico again working it around and the U.S. defense scrambles. Parkhurst clears. Back and forth at University of Phoenix Stadium!
90' + 2'
Luis Montes goes rampaging up the middle and puts on on frame, but Rimando again is there for the U.S.
Raul Jimenez going straight at Clarence Goodson and gets a shot by him, but it also goes wide of the post. Three minutes until we're looking at a draw.
We play on with both teams looking for a winner. Cross in from the left is dealt with by Rimando. Then Maza picks off a pass and tries to work a one-two. It too ends in Rimando's hands.
The replays seem to indicate Johnson was onside, and another call doesn't go the Americans' way with Green going down in the box. Klinsmann and two of his bench staff are livid, waving their arms in the box and asking the fourth official for an explanination. Things calm down shortly after.
Miguel Ponce takes a shot after an Alan Pulido lay-off. It's blocked by Goodson, but he puts the second effort on target and Rimando has to push over.
Eddie Johnson puts it in the back of the net, but the assistant's flag is raised for offside. Johnson seems mystified.
Yellow Card DeAndre Yedlin
Maurice Edu with a nice interception to spring an attack. It ended in Green in the box with no help. He tried to put in an effort on goal, but it was deflected away.
Green is back on the pitch. It's a bit harsh to judge his few contributions so far, especially considering he's an 18-year-old making his first international appearance.
Julian Green slipped trying to play a ball and stayed down. It's his shoulder he's holding, though his pride may be a bit wounded as well from that slip. He comes off to get a bit of attention.
Resulting corner does all sorts of things I don't have the right words to describe for you. Bounced all around.
Raul Jimenez has had himself a pretty nice second half. He wins the corner here.
Eddie Johnson can't get his header on frame.
Yedlin starts an attack for the U.S. and plays in Dempsey who takes a big first touch and wins a corner.
There is an announced attendence of 59,066 here at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Yellow Card M. Ponce
Deandre Yedlin gets his chance at right back now. Hasn't been an easy night for Tony Beltran, but he comes away without making any major gaffes. The fact he got the start is notable in itself.
Not the finest start from Juilan Green either, who let his man go by to start that sequence. The momentum has certainly shifted in El Tri's favor.
Miguel Arturo Layun
It was a seeing-eye shot to hit the post and Gonzalez seemed to think Pulido was offside. He was on by several yards.
Goal A. Pulido
GOAL - Alan Pulido cleans up a rebound off the post from Paul Aguilar, and the Tigres man has leveled the match!
Eddie Johnson almost makes his trademark "Come into match as a sub and score a header on the first touch" work out, but it ended up going wide. He'll try to bring some energy into the American attack, which has lagged a bit since the break.
Not sure we'll be seeing Chavez get another go of things for El Tri. Wasn't too convincing on the right-hand side in either facet.
Paul Nicolás Aguilar
Green, the 18-year-old Bayern Munich reserve, works a bit of a move with Dempsey and Deuce wins a corner.
Luis Montes runs a circle around Tony Beltran on a short corner and Bradley has to boot the cross over his own crossbar.
Raul Jimenez gets onto a second ball and fires a shot from outside the 18. Rimando saves and Goodson runs down the rebound. Somewhat unconvincingly, though.
Cheers from the United States as Julian Green enters the match wearing number nine. Also in come Landon Donovan and Clarence Goodson.
Layun again gets past Beltran and again totally mishits his cross.
Beckerman heads away a free kick put in by Montes upon entering. Cleared well.
Landon Donovan preparing to come in for the United States as is Clarence Goodson. Luis Montes is in for Isaac Brizuela for Mexico.
Mexico gets past Tony Beltran again but Layun's left-footed cross is far too heavy and Rimando snags it without difficulty.
It was nearly Marquez again for El Tri. He's done a great job popping up in dangerous spots without neglecting his duties in the center.
Save Rimando! He has to tip a stern header over the bar. The corner leads to little.
That goal has energized Mexico, as has the swithch to the more traditional version of the 5-3-2 with Jiminez and Pulido partnering together.
Assist M. Fabián
Goal Rafa Márquez
GOAL Mexico. Mexico scores off a corner conceded by Graham Zusi. Fabian, who was not replaced as I said earlier (obviously, apologies ) puts in a corner that Rafa Marquez heads into the back of the net.
Marquez did well to get to that ball. Gonzalez was screened off the play but probably should've defended better.
The U.S. is unchanged, but Klinsmann told the TV broadcast he'll likely bring in Julian Green, Landon Donovan and Clarence Goodson around the 60th minute.
Mexico swaps keepers, bringing on Talavera. Medina replaces Zavala. Jiminez in for Fabian.
Raul Jiminez and JC Medina warming up for Mexico at the half while the entire US bench is kicking around. Alfredo Talavera looks set to come in at GK, as Herrera mentioned before the match.
Zavala has hurt his case, and while he'll be at the World Cup no doubt, Guillit Pena has had a pretty difficult night as well.
Michael Bradley is causing all sorts of problems for the Mexican defense.
The referee blows the whistle for halftime. The Americans come off the pitch with a spring in their step.
There we go. One minute, he shows, as Klinsmann continues to ask for protection on Clint Dempsey. The whistle is blown. The USA will have a free kick before the break.
Zusi whistled for a foul now. The fourth official about to show stoppage time. He's struggling with the board. There he goes. No, that's not right.
Clint Dempsey goes to ground after colliding with Pena and the referee rules that Dempsey went down too easily. Jurgen Klinsmann is furious, and it's the fourth official who takes the brunt of his wrath.
That's not a good tackle from Kyle Beckerman who brings down El Conejo Brizuela. The Toluca man is up walking again and Beckerman is lucky not to be in the book.
Rimando again quick off his line and distributes with some urgency. It starts a lovely attack. Brad Davis tries an audacious flick. It doesn't work. Perhaps he's already thinking of Brazil.
The corner isn't dealt with well by the Americans, but Bradley is able to boot it away before anyone in green gets to the ball.
Mexico gets forward with Rafa Marquez the man pushing up. He finds Fabian. Beltran makes a tackle but eventually concedes a corner kick.
Now it's Rimando who has to make a punch away. Better stretch of attack there from the visitors, but they're unable to do more than knock in a ball which the goalkeeper clears.
There's a bit of sustained possession from Mexico. Layun loses it but is able to win a throw. They do seem to be going after Beltran now as he is whistled for the foul straight away. Decent spot for a set piece about ten yards from the corner of the 18.
Munoz has to get involved again with Wondo coming back onside and getting in a cross from the right. The keeper was alert and sent the ball away from danger.
The USA again pushes forward, but this time Davis isn't able to find anyone with his cross. Maza ushers it out for a Mexico throw in. They must keep possession. Pena the culprit on this giveaway.
It's Chris Wondolowski getting the finish again, and Mexico has no answer for Michael Bradley getting forward with the freedom he's getting. A remarkable assist and not much Mexico could do about that once he had it on his head.
Assist Michael Bradley
Goal Chris Wondolowski
GOAL. Dempsey pushed the ball wide to Tony Beltran. He moved it to Michael Bradley who headed the ball strongly to the back post. Chris Wondolowski is there to put it into the back of the net.
Things quieting down after a bit of frantic football. Mexico hitting a few long balls over the top. Don't know that Herrera will be happy to see that.
Miguel Layun has a go with his right foot but it goes above Nick Rimando's crossbar. We might see him get more involved with an inexperienced right back in Tony Beltran.
It's fair to say Zavala hasn't exactly made the most of the opportunity in the center of Mexico's midfield. Marking Michael Bradley no easy task, but the middle man in the three-man midfield is so crucial and not handling the pressure well right now.
What a block by captain Rafa Marquez. The USA won possession off a Zavala giveaway and countered. Dempsey had the ball at the top of the box, but the Leon man sacrificed his body to stop the shot.
The USA wins possession and gets a counter. Michael Bradley is brought down near midfield by Maza Rodriguez. Miguel Herrera, looking sharp in a charcoal suit, does not agree with the decision and comes out of his box to say so.
Mexico trying to reply now. Miguel Layun puts in a cross that overshoots its mark and the USA gets it out of danger.
Assist Graham Zusi
Credit Graham Zusi with the assist on the corner. Not much going for either team. The Americans bunched up toward the near post and Bradley made the back post run where all he had to do was turn in the ball. Excellent design on the set piece.
Goal Michael Bradley
GOAL - From the ensuing corner it goes to the back post and Michael Bradley celebrates. He completely burst past Jesus Zavala and there was nobody at the back post.
SAVE Moises Munoz. Brad Davis puts in a left-footed cross and Omar Gozalez gets a head onto it forcing a save from the keeper.
Dead ball chance for the US as Zusi, draws a foul on the right wing. Miguel Layun stands over the ball to keep Zusi from taking it quickly.
Perhaps these players are feeling the weight of the opportunity they have. Not seeing anybody take any real risks yet here. Nothing in the final third for either club.
Ball into the box from Mexico as Chavez, the Cruz Azul man who needs to have quite a showing to get into the World Cup picture, puts in a cross. It forces Rimando to come off the line, but he collects.
Bradley is indeed playing higher up than Beckerman, who is playing at the base of a diamond, a formation in which the Real Salt Lake man will be very comfortable.
The crowd yells a certain word which I don't believe I can print here but am sure made it onto the telecast when Nick Rimando takes a goal kick. It's the first time he's played against rival Mexico.
Sort of hushed tones from the crowd so far, though it hasn't had an occasion to really let out a cheer either way. USA passing around its own half and mostly keeping possession. Beltran tested for the first time by Layun and passes the test by putting in a nice tackle.
As I say that, Zusi puts in a cross but it's easily cleared by Maza Rodriguez.
Nervous from Omar Gonzalez, but he is able to move it to partner Besler and get out of danger. Neither team has made it into the opposite box yet.
The first Mexico chant beings ringing out around the stadium as El Tri attempts to mount a bit of an attack. It's played out for a throw by Michael Parkhurst. Big chance for him tonight to show he belongs on the World Cup squad.
Bradley tackles Pena off the ball and Dempsey goes onto the attack but a foul is whistled by Moreno.
After what seems like an exceptionally long wait the U.S., wearing its new "bomb pop" kits ges the ball rolling.
“De Nada Mexico” reads the American Outlaws’ tifo with a 'San Zusi' image. We've had the anthems, and we're ready to kick off.
Good crowd here, by the way. Not a sell out, but only patches of seats not filled with people still filtering in. Traffic in the area usually isn't bad for events, but seems there was a snarl that even the Mexican team couldn't surpass with its police escort with one assistant coach railing on Twitter. No matter now.
There's a dramatic video playing at the far end of the stadium and the children with the flags are ready to go stand on the pitch and hold up the flags. What I'm saying is, we're nearly there.
Roberto Moreno, Daniel Williamson and Ricardo Morgan are the officials with the Panamanian Moreno in the center. Jefeth Perea is the fourth official.
Landon Donovan is also not starting for the United States, a coach's decision, reportedly. Klinsmann seems to be resting a few guys on the wings who he knows he can depend in favor of giving Brad Davis an opportunity.
Mexico XI: Moises Muñoz; Rogelio Chavez, Maza Rodriguez, Rafa Marquez, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Miguel Layun; Carlos Pena, Jesus Zavala, Isaac Brizuela; Marco Fabian, Alan Pulido
Mexico will be in Miguel Herrera's usual 5-3-2 formation and it's the same lineup which was announced by the manager yesterday.
USA XI: Nick Rimando; Michael Parkhurst, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman, Brad Davis, Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi; Clint Dempsey, Chris Wondolowski
The United States lineup is being billed as a 4-4-2 with a diamond in the midfield., a departure from Jurgen Klinsmann's usual 4-2-3-1 shape.
Good evening. I'm Jon Arnold from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. ready for tonight's CONCACAF friendly between the United States and Mexico.
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