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Mexico, USMNT Tie 1-1 In Friendly

So much for our bet with Made Man. Mexico and the United States Men’s national team equalized at 1-1 in tonight’s friendly. The match between these two rivals, the first since El Tri’s resounding 4-2 victory at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, ended in a somewhat disappointing draw that saw both teams dominate each half.

Mexico drew first blood with a set piece play goal by Oribe Peralta in the 17th minute of the match. The Santos Laguna striker kicked the ball around his defender and into the back of Tim Howard’s net. The only thing the stalwart keeper could do was helplessly watch the ball go past him.

The second half was all USA. Less than a minute after Colombus Crewman Robbie Rogers entered the pitch, the USMNT equalized the game (73′) thanks in large part to a missed mark by the El Tri’s defense:

The Americans had a chance to make it 2-1, but a Gerardo Torrado foul prevented Brek Shea from going one on one against Guillermo “Paco Memo” Ochoa. Torrado was given a yellow card when it should have been an obvious red.

So what did we learn? Not much, really. The first match of the Jürgen Klinsmann era wasn’t a complete disaster. The U.S. had a strong showing, but who knows what would have happened had Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez and Aldo De Nigris been available. Still, if you’re a USMNT fan, you should be happy to have the former Germany boss as your mastermind.

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