The USMNT extended their undefeated run in friendlies against Mexico to 11 games as they defeated El Tri 2-0 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday.
64,369 people were on hand to watch both teams play in a friendly that served as preparation for this years CONCACAF Gold Cup, with Mexico also taking part in the 2015 Copa America.
The poor field condition was a topic of discussion prior to the game, and both teams struggled to find their footing early.
The U.S had the better chances in the opening minutes, but Mexico’s Eduardo Herrera came closest to scoring in the first-half when he hit the side netting from a Gerardo Flores cross.
Stanford University forward, Jordan Morris, was making his first start with the USMNT, and did it in superb fashion. Four minutes into the second-half, the young forward gathered a fortunate rebound and slotted past Cirilo Saucedo to give the U.S. the lead.
Mexico, with largely an experimental side, struggled to test the U.S., and in the 71st minute, Juan Agudelo received the ball at the edge of the box. The New England Revolution forward took his effort and Saucedo failed to control as the U.S. went ahead 2-0.
Mexico’s response was immediate, but Luis Montes’ curling effort went just wide of William Yarbrough’s goal.
The U.S. almost sealed the matters for good when Michael Bradley had to force Mario Osuna to a goal-line save from a corner.
At the final whistle, the U.S. notched only their third victory since the 2014 World Cup and bragging rights for another day.
Mexico will make their debut in the Copa America on June 12 against Bolivia before starting their participation in the Gold Cup on July 9 against Cuba.
On the other hand, the USMNT will play their first game in the Gold Cup on July 7 against Honduras.