SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 15, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico by a score line of 2-0 behind goals from Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo in front of a sell-out crowd of 64,369. The match was presented by AT&T. The win extended the USA’s unbeaten streak against Mexico to a record six games (3-0-3), pushed the U.S. MNT’s current unbeaten streak on home soil to 21 games (18-0-3) and marked the ninth USA victory against Mexico by that familiar score line and eighth since 2000.
Twenty-year-old Morris, a sophomore at Stanford University, put the U.S. ahead after running onto a deflected ball and finishing under a sliding goalkeeper in the 49th minute.
In the 65th minute, Juan Agudelo replaced Morris, and on a Michael Bradley assist doubled the American lead. It was Agudelo’s first appearance since he last came on as a sub in the U.S.’s game against Ukraine on March 5, 2014 and his first goal since he scored against Argentina on March 26, 2011.
The result pushed the USA’s all time record against Mexico to 18-32-14. The U.S. MNT will be in Europe next time it convenes, facing off with the world’s No. 6-ranked team, Netherlands, in Amsterdam on June 5. The match kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jordan Morris, 49th Minute: Michael Bradley played the ball into the middle of the Mexico defense to Gyasi Zardes whose return pass deflected off a Mexico defender into the stride of Morris. On his first MNT start, Morris took a touch and slotted a shot under sliding Mexico goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo for his first international goal. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Juan Agudelo (Michael Bradley), 72nd minute: Minutes after entering for previous goal scorer Jordan Morris, Agudelo expertly brought down a long ball from Michael Bradley at the top of the box. He cut to his right, got past his defender and blasted a shot that squeezed between Saucedo and the left post to double the USA lead. USA 2, MEX 0 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cirilo Saucedo, 26th minute: Michael Bradley played a dangerous free kick into the box where Gyasi Zardes and Jordan Morris were converging. Saucedo jumped into traffic and was able to deflect the ball out of danger.
USA - Rimando (Save), 42nd minute: Mexico captain Luis Montes quickly brought the ball down from the right side. Near the top of the box Montes made a quick cut toward the center and hooked a left-footed shot towards the goal. The ball took one spinning hop before Rimando secured it.
USA - Yarbrough (Save), 58th minute: Erick Torres took a pass off of a Mexican counter and found himself in a spot with an opportunity to score, but he was unable to put a clean hit on the ball and Yarbrough simply scooped up the shot.
- Michael Bradley inched closer to the century cap mark with his 96th appearance tonight. The appearance pushed his him past Brian McBride and into a tie with Alexi Lalas for the 16th on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list.
- Bradley’s assist was the 13th of his USA career and ties him for eighth all-time alongside DaMarcus Beasley and Clint Dempsey.
- Ventura Alvarado and 20-year-old Jordan Morris made their first starts for the USA.
- In his first start, Morris scored his first international goal.
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Netherlands, on June 5 at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- The U.S. MNT began the game in a diamond 4-4-2 formation
- In his first action with the U.S. MNT of 2015, Kyle Beckerman made the start at midfield. It was his first appearance since he started for the U.S. against Ireland on November 18, 2014.
- It was the first time since the World Cup game against Germany on June 26, 2014 that Michael Bradley and Beckerman have started together.
- Bradley has played every minute of the USA's five matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, goalkeeper Nick Rimando is the only other player to start all five games. Two other MNT players have appeared in all five games in 2015: Gyassi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin
- In his first appearance since he was subbed on in the second half of the game against Ukraine on March 5, 2014, Juan Agudelo came on for the game’s first goal scorer Jordan Morris and netted his third career goal for the U.S. MNT. It was his first goal with the National Team since scoring against Argentina on March 26, 2011.
- Texas native Greg Garza started the game at left back. He played in the last five games of 2014 starting three following the World Cup and also started in the match against Denmark on March 31, 2015
- Joe Corona made his first start for the U.S. since the Sept. 3, 2014 match in Prague vs. the Czech Republic. It was his first appearance since the game against Honduras on Oct.14, 2014.
- Corona and Garza both started on the left side for the U.S. The pair are teammates in Liga MX, with Club Tijuana.
- Omar Gonzalez made his first start since the 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Belgium and his first appearance since coming on in the 62nd minute of the USA’s October 10, 2014 match against Ecuador.
- Michael Bradley recorded his third-straight start as captain. He also wore the armband for the MNT on March 25 against Denmark and March 31 versus Switzerland.
- Kyle Beckerman left the game in the 63rd minute with a left thigh contusion.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T
Date: April 15, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 64,369 (sellout)
Weather: 73 degrees; Indoor
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
MEX 0 0 0
USA – Jordan Morris 49th minute
USA – Juan Agudelo (Michael Bradley) 72
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 14-Greg Garza (11-Brek Shea, 46); 15-Kyle Beckerman (21-Perry Kitchen, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Brad Evans, 80), 7-Joe Corona (9-Miguel Ibarra, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Jordan Morris (17-Juan Agudelo, 65)
Subs Not Used: 5-Matt Besler, 13-Lee Nguyen, 16-Julian Green, 18-Chris Wondolowski
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
MEX: 12-Cirilo Saucedo; 21-Hiram Mier (3-Oswaldo Alanis, 46), 2-Francisco Rodriguez (8-Luis Rodriguez, 60), 13-Carlos Salcedo (4-Julio Cesar Dominguez, 46); 7-Efrain Velarde, 17-Mario Osuna, 18-Carlos Esquivel, 15-Gerardo Flores (6-George Corral, 67); 10-Luis Montes (capt.) (5-Antonio Rios, 79), 9-Erick Torres, 20-Eduardo Herrera (19-Marco Bueno, 83)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jonathan Orozco, 16-Adrian Aldrete
Head coach: Miguel Herrera
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 6 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavio Jara (CRC)
4th Official: Walter Quesada (CRC)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Ventura Alvarado
The USMNT trained at Trinity University on Monday in advance of Wednesday's USA-Mexico match, Presented by AT&T. Kickoff for the 64th edition of one of international soccer's best rivalries is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.
ussoccer.com: What kind of opportunity lies ahead with this group going into USA-Mexico?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “It’s a huge opportunity playing Mexico in any kind of environment and in any kind of game. This is a roster of mostly MLS players, with some Liga MX players coming in and DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green, two European-based players that were allowed to come over. It’s different compared to how we were put together in Switzerland and in Denmark, and I see this kind of a game as a huge opportunity for players to come in and play in front of a sold-out stadium and loud crowd, a lot maybe pro-Mexico, but these are the games where you mature and where you try to express yourself and show what you have, and therefore we are thankful that we can play this game.”
ussoccer.com: Where does this game fit into the preparations for the Gold Cup? Have you started to zone in on who you want to see this summer?
JK: “This game doesn’t really help you to kind of zoom in because you’re restricted to the players that you just have available now. But it’s a great opportunity for everyone individually to show where they are right now and where they are at this stage with their MLS teams and down in Mexico. Tthe closer we get to the Gold Cup, the more we kind of define things.”
ussoccer.com: Two Mexican-American players - Ventura Alvarado and William Yarbrough - made their debut in the March camp in Europe. What did they do to prove they belonged in this camp?
JK: “They definitely both were a very impressive surprise to us coaches. Ventura stepped in on the field like he has always been with us. Even when he got in late in the game against Denmark, because Michael Orozco had some knee problems, he filled in right away and he was sharp and did his job, and then he proved that again over 45 minutes in Switzerland; it was the same with William. William played in the second half in Switzerland and was calm, balanced and got his work done. This is huge for us. I think this is what we hoped to see, and so we were very impressed and very positive about them and obviously they’re back right away and we are curious how they will continue with us.”
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ussoccer.com: There are two big players missing in Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey. How does that impact the roster and what kind of opportunity does that hand other players?
JK: “Always when there’s somebody missing it’s an opportunity for other ones coming in, but if you look at the roster, there is no Brad Guzan nor Fabian Johnson, no Jozy Altidore, no Alejandro Bedoya, no Clint Dempsey. Mexico is in a similar situation being without guys like Chicharito, Guardado, Dos Santos and the players based in Europe. So it is a different kind of a mixture that you find in this game, but it’s still U.S. against Mexico. It’s still sold out. It’s still both teams wanting to win and the players wanting to impress. So when these players, like Dempsey and Altidore now are not there, that’s the moment for other players to use that space and show what you have. I think we’re going to see some individual performances that will hopefully give us a hint toward the Gold Cup.”
ussoccer.com: Like in the last camp, there are a couple of players back in the mix after long absences. You have Juan Agudelo, who’s been away for more than a year and a similar case with Joe Corona coming back from injury. What message does it send that these players are back with the team?
JK: “It’s very important that the players understand that even if they’re not with us for a long stretch of time that they’re always observed. We always watch them. We kind of suffer with them when things are not going so well, like a Julian Green, like a Juan Agudelo when he kind of had his journey through Europe, or Brek Shea, or Joe Corona who was injured. So every one of them have their own individual issues and have their down periods, their struggles, but that doesn’t mean that they’re out of sight. We watch them and we are communicating with them and we want to help them, and when they are coming back up and there’s an opportunity like now, other players as we said are not there, we can bring them in and say, ‘hey how are you doing, show us where you are right now.’ This is very important because often people say with a national team program that once you’re in you’re always in, and once you’re out you’re not getting back in anymore. That is not true. There’s always an open door no matter what phase of your career you are as long as you show that with your performances.”
ussoccer.com: Five players from Liga MX are on this roster. Is it helpful to have guys who are very familiar with the opposing players due [playing their club football against them for a match up like this one with Mexico?
JK: “It’s definitely helpful having players be a part of our roster that play in Mexico and have the experience with Mexican sides, not only on the field but also with their environments. They know their culture inside out, and they know not only the players but how they deal with things so that’s definitely helpful. For us the challenge is for every player, no matter what background he has, it is to make him understand what we are asking from him as a part of the U.S. Men’s National Team program. That’s when he has to switch it over and say ‘when I come here, this kind of music is what we’re going to play, this is the kind of tempo and intensity that we have in training,’ and then they have to break through with us because at the end of it they want to represent the United States of America and they want to go to a Gold Cup, to a Confederations Cup, and to a World Cup. That’s what really drives them.”
ussoccer.com: You’ve gone undefeated in your time as head coach against Mexico. Do you feel part of the rivalry?
JK: “I enjoy every time we face Mexico because they are a really good team and they love the game. They are so enthusiastic and they are so emotional, and it’s always exciting games. Both sides want to win it badly, so that means it’s attacking soccer, and there’s nothing more fun than both teams attacking and going for it. So hopefully we’ll see that on Wednesday night and hopefully we’ll keep the upper end of it. That’s always more fun.”
2013: Named to the U.S. squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, making his international debut against Portugal in a 3-1 victory … In total, made four appearances for the U.S. U-20 squad in 2013.
2013: Signed with the Seattle Sounders FC on January 11, becoming the Sounders’ first Homegrown player … Became the first rookie to be named to the MLS Team of the Week after a stellar debut against the Montreal Impact … Scored his first professional goal against Tigres in a 3-1 win in the second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League aggregate victory … Named to the MLS All-Star team for a match against Roma, the first rookie to make the All-Star team since 2005…Scored his first MLS goal against the Colorado Rapids in a 1-1 draw on July 20.
Date of Birth
Jul 9, 1993
Tottenham Hotspur (England)