Less than two weeks after replacing Bob Bradley as the team's head coach, the German led the United States to a promising draw against a strong Mexico squadPlaying under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the first time, the US played out a 1-1 draw in a Gold Cup final rematch against Mexico on Wednesday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
Klinsmann, who replaced Bob Bradley as the team's boss less than two weeks ago, promised a new counterattacking style of play and delivered in the second-half after his team failed to get a shot on goal until the 56th minute of the friendly.
The former Germany and Bayern Munich boss made several substitutions shortly after half-time to jumpstart the young US squad.
Among the arrivals were Major League Soccer stars Juan Agudelo, Brek Shea and Robbie Rogers, who scored the equaliser with his first touch of the game in the 73rd minute.
Mexico's goal was scored by Oribe Peralta just 18 minutes into the match.
The US looked lost offensively early on and didn't get its first shot off until well after half-time when Carlos Bocanegra's header off a corner kick bounced off Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. It was all US from then on.
Agudelo and Shea, who both came in the 59th minute, put the pressure on Mexico moments after entering the game, racing up the field and getting a quick shot on target. As the momentum shifted the USA's way, it appeared it was only a matter of time before the equalising goal.
Agudelo and Shea worked together to set up Rogers' goal. Agudelo controlled a throw in at the byline before touching the ball to Shea, who sent a beautiful cross to Rogers. The Columbus Crew winger easily tapped it in for his second international goal.
Peralta's goal came off a cross from Andres Guardado. The Mexican striker made something out of nothing as he got his foot around US midfielder Michael Bradley, who initially appeared to be out of position on the set piece.
Klinsmann's starting line-up consisted of six players who were on the Gold Cup roster and five who haven't been regulars on the national team. Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jose Torres, Kyle Beckerman and Edson Buddle were the surprise additions to the starting XI.
As for Mexico, Antonio Naelson was the only major surprise as he started over Giovani dos Santos, who came off the bench in the second half. El Tri’s superstar forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez wasn’t called up due to injury and Aldo De Negris also was not on the roster.
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