Bradley's stunning early goal helps US to 1-1 tie at Mexico
Jun 13 2017
Carlos Vela tied the score in the 23rd minute with a 23-yard shot that beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the near post, and Hector Herrera almost put El Tri ahead in the 71st with a 30-yard free kick that struck the crossbar.
The point is only the fourth positive result the U.S. has earned all time at the Estadio Azteca.
Bruce Arena - 7.5: The formation was bold, the personnel was unexpected, and for the most part it worked. They were, as was intended from the beginning, ready to bunker their way to a result. "Most of these players will disappear until September". He buzzed around the midfield, switching on and off with Kellyn Acosta and taking turns stepping to the ball and dropping back into the hole.
In a big game at an imposing venue like Azteca, it's generally thought that the away team need to hold their ground and get their bearings in the opening 15 minutes. But Arena promised pragmatism when he came in and he delivered it in its highest form here.
'Look, we were pretty honest with ourselves and understood that we had let a lot of little things drop, ' Bradley said. Bradley's 40-yard chip gained U.S. a point against Mexico.
Maybe the most memorable CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game was contested in front of 93,420 at the Rose Bowl a half-dozen years ago, and, like Sunday, Bradley lifted the U.S.to an early lead. "Points are hard to come by here", said USA captain Michael Bradley, who scored the only American goal in the sixth minute, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Both sides will be happy with the draw, but the game will be remembered for Bradley's stunning goal. But if a few too many areas start to come down ... we're going to start to put ourselves in some hard spots. But tonight proved why he will and should be the man going forward. For each of the two matches, he had a plan, one that was drilled into the players and that they executed well.
The US took the lead after just six minutes.
The creativity wasn't quite there from Juan Carlos Osario's side, and it has been a quiet problem throughout recent matches despite the positive results. It was heard during last season's Texans-Raiders NFL game in Mexico City. So even before Chicharito tapped the ball toward Hector Herrera, Bradley stepped up. The Mexcian wingers targeted Beasley and Yedlin, but could not complete enough take-ons or deliver enough risky balls. Two former Premier League players, Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez, combined for the equaliser. Presumably, Arena had made his feelings about Mexico's goal crystal clear at halftime.
Both Osorio and Arena turned to their benches for the decisive blow, but it was a starter who nearly broke the deadlock for Mexico with 19 minutes remaining. Overall a fairly invisible performance from the Tijuana player. In any game where Arena is using two central mids, Acosta should get a consideration.
Seriously, this guy. DaMarcus Beasley is so old he still wears his hats sideways. "However, a typical club team doesn't have the depth that a national team program should have".
Geoff Cameron, Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez are far from being household names, yet they showed the type of defensive resilience that is needed if the team is to make progress, both in the immediate term and potentially at the World Cup.