U.S. Soccer

1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Final Round

GALLERY: U.S. MNT's Historic 0-0 WCQ Draw at Estadio Azteca in 1997

No opposing team has fared too well at Estadio Azteca. The altitude, smog and often times heat have all played factors in creating an overwhelming home-field advantage for Mexico, with El Trí going 39-2-7 in 48 World Cup Qualifiers.

While the U.S. is 1-8-2 all-time at Azteca, the MNT began to break down some of the mystique of the venue during its trip to Mexico City in 1997. Facing El Trí on Matchday 8 of the Final Round qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. squad played most the match with just 10 men when defender Jeff Agoos was sent off in the 32nd minute for an altercation with Mexico midfielder Pavel Pardo.

Despite playing down a man for the final 58 minutes, the U.S. frustrated El Trí and gained support from the home crowd who were showing their displeasure with their own side’s play.

The USA managed to slow the Mexican attack and earn a historic 0-0 draw – just the second tie by an opposing team in a World Cup Qualifier at Azteca and first since Haiti played to a 1-1 draw on Nov. 11, 1981. With a point in hand, the U.S. secured qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup with a 3-0 win against Canada in Vancouver one week later.

Take a trip 20 years back with the original game story, as well as photos of the game and match report below:

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Playing archrival Mexico in a vital World Cup qualifier in Mexico City was a difficult enough challenge for the United States on Nov. 2, 1997. After all, the U.S. National Team had never recorded a point south of the Rio Grande. Add the fact the team was missing four key starters – midfielders Tab Ramos (knee injury), Earnie Stewart (calf injury) and Claudio Reyna (yellow-card suspension) Read more
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Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
4-2 W Foxboro Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. 53,193 McBride (2), Radosavljevic, Henderson
3-0 W Vancouver 8,420 Wegerle (2), Reyna
0-0 D Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico 114,600
MNT vs Jamaica 1-1 D RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 51,528 Wynalda
1-0 W Portland Civic Stadium; Portland, Ore. 27,369 Ramos
MNT vs El Salvador 1-1 D Estadio Cuzcatlan; San Salvador 29,000 Lassiter
2-2 D Foxboro Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. 57,407 Pope, OG
2-3 L Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica 22,000 Lassiter, Wynalda
3-0 W Stanford Stadium; Palo Alto, Calif. 28,896 Pope, Stewart, Wynalda
0-0 D Kingston 35,246