The game was over Dos a Cero. That was the only way it could.
Christian Pulisic got a header just five minutes after coming on Friday as a replacement. Weston McKennie won the 85th with one goal to give the U.S. their signature win: a victory of 2-0 over Mexico in World Cup qualifiers.
The USMNT defeated Mexico for the fifth time in World Cup qualifying. In the Round of 16, at the 2002 World Cup, the Americans beat the South by the same score.
Even better? This victory places the USMNT at the top of the Concacaf Standings at the halfway point in qualifying.
Mexico and USMNT both have 14 points. However, the Americans currently have the tiebreaker because of their head-to-head victory. In March, Qualifying ends. The top three teams will automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup Qatar. A playoff is held for the fourth place team.
For much of the match, the Americans outscored Mexico, especially in the second half. However, they couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities. Some balls in the box went wide or were misdirected.
However, Pulisic was a major boost for the USMNT.
Pulisic missed a lot of time over the past two months due to a sprain in his ankle during a qualifier in Honduras. He only returned to training two weeks after the injury. However, he is a rare talent as he demonstrated quickly.
Tim Weah — who had perhaps the best evening of any of the U.S. men — fed a perfect cross into the center of the box in the 74th minute, and Pulisic coolly headed it home from close range. Pulisic was surrounded by a large crowd at TQL Stadium.
El Tri is happy to not have to visit Pulisic anytime soon. Also, in June’s Nations Cup final against Mexico, he scored the winning goal.
McKennie scored. Jesus Ferreira sent the ball to the scrum, which McKennie slid into the corner of his net. It was just outside the reach Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico’s goalkeeper.
Zack Steffen played an important role in Dos a Cero’s preservation, making two saves during the first period. Chucky Lozano was denied an opportunity to shoot from close range with a stretched out one.
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