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MNT vs. Mexico: Field Level Highlights - April 2, 2014

Field level highlights from The U.S. Men's National Team's 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

MNT vs. MEX: How They Scored - April 2, 2014

In this edition of How They Scored, Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski take us through their goals in the MNT's 2-2 draw vs. Mexico on April 2 from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

U.S. Men vs. Mexico: April 2, 2014 - Highlights

The U.S. Men's National Team battled Mexico to a thrilling 2-2 tie in Glendale, Ariz. Goals from Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski gave the USA a lead but Mexico fought back with two goals after halftime to level the score in front of 59,006 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

U.S. MNT vs. Mexico: Michael Bradley Goal - April 2, 2014

Michael Bradley opens the scoring for the U.S. Men's National Team against Mexico in Glendale, Ariz.

Post-Game Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Mexico – April 2, 2014

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Mexico
April 2, 2014

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY
On match:
“I thought the first half was pretty good. We talked at halftime about understanding what they were going to put in at the beginning of the second half. But obviously just because you talked about it, doesn’t mean we are able to prevent it. They’re still a team that lives off confidence; they get a goal and the crowd gets into it and they start feeling pretty good about themselves. When they get to 2-2, at that point, the game opens up and they can score or we can score. At the end, we deserve to win I think. I think Eddie Johnson’s goal was onside, the play with Julian Green was maybe inside the box, maybe right on the edge, but there was certainly contact. If you look at it from the bigger picture, good game, great atmosphere, good night for the fans, and a good test for us as we move forward toward the summer.”

On the USA’s formation:
“I think one of our strengths is that we have the ability to play in a lot different ways. I didn’t look at it differently tonight, other than you’re playing with a guy, Kyle, who does a good job at taking care of things, being disciplined. So it gives me more freedom to be mobile, to be on the move, to get forward, to get down.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder GRAHAM ZUSI
On the second half:
“For one reason or another, we came out a bit flat, which I can’t tell you why. They were able to get that goal off the set piece, which gave them quite a bit of momentum. Once a team like that picks up momentum, it’s hard to stop them.”

On the team formation:
“I think it depends on who you are playing as well. I think different formations offer different things. If we are playing one forward underneath or two up top, it doesn’t matter, our mentality should stay the same. We have to figure out what the game is giving us, and what is happening as it’s happening.”

On Jurgen Klinsmann’s rotation of players:
“It’s been a pretty solid group for us for a few years now. Different games are going to bring different situations, and we have to adapt to those.”

U.S. Men’s National Team defender OMAR GONZALEZ
On the first goal the USA allowed in the second half to Rafael Marquez:
“On that play, Kyle [Beckerman] and I were talking before and I said they are going to pick me so we have to switch. We just haven’t practiced enough set pieces, and I was picked and we weren’t able to switch. It was a great header by Marquez. Once they scored that goal, they put a lot of pressure on us.”

On his performance:
“I think that overall, I did pretty well – it was just that one corner. I’m happy that this is a friendly and it’s something that I have to keep working on. The only tough part is that you don’t want to be too handsy because you get called for the PK. It’s a little bit tough to manage, but we still have to keep on working hard. Nothing is set in stone, so I have to continue with my head down and keep working hard. I am going back with the Galaxy, hopefully get some wins, and get that call to the camp.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder LANDON DONOVAN
On the match: 
“I felt good tonight. It was nice to get some minutes on the field, obviously. I wanted to start the game, but the circumstances didn’t allow that. It was fun to be a part of. It was another really good game between the two teams. I enjoyed it.”

On how he feels from a health standpoint:
“When I am healthy and healthy enough to train, I train and I train well. This week was tough. I had some tendonitis, so I wasn’t able to move the way I want to. It was good to back off a little bit and still get minutes tonight. I thought was a little bit impactful and helped make a little bit of a difference.”

On how the team played:
“I thought we started well; I thought we were too cautious in the second half. I thought we needed to come out with better energy in the second half keep the pressure on them. I think when they get a goal, their confidence goes up and they’re a different team. We allowed that. We allowed them back in the game.”

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper NICK RIMANDO
On the match: 
“In the first half, we got our chances and we put them away. In the second half, the coach got on them a little bit. They came after us. They got two goals, unfortunately, but we chased for the winner, gave them some opportunities in the end. But, we got a result. We have to improve on that.”

On Mexico coming back for the draw:
“You have a flow in the beginning. I think the coaches want to see some players, see what they can do on the field, so you’re going to make some subs. It takes a little bit for them to get in the rhythm with the players who are already on the field, but I thought they adjusted well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the winner at the end.”

On the second half:
“In the second half, toward the end, I think both teams were pushing for the game-winning goal, so there was a lot of room in the midfield. Unfortunately we didn’t get a goal, but we kept it a tie, and that’s a result.”

On Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez playing together:
“I think they’ve been together for a while now. I think Clarence [Goodson] has played with both. They’re strong in the air; they’re starting, I think, to get really comfortable with each other. With Michael in front of them, it makes it even more comfortable. Always room to improve, and we have a couple more months until the World Cup.”

All Square in Arizona: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Mexico

GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 2, 2014) – Sporting their new away kits for the first time in 2014, the U.S. Men’s National Team players earned a 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The USA scored twice in the first half with Michael Bradley tallying the game’s opening goal and then assisting Chris Wondolowski’s team-leading third goal of the year. With the draw, the USA increased its unbeaten streak to five games against Mexico (2-0-3 during its current stretch). The U.S. had held Mexico scoreless for 392 straight minutes until Rafael Marquez’s 49th-minute goal.

Next up for the USA is a three-game Send-Off Series in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The series starts with a May 27 match against Azerbaijan at 7 p.m. PT at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif. (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio). The U.S. MNT then hosts Turkey on June 1 at 2 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio) and Nigeria on June 7 at 6 p.m. ET at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio). Fans can also follow the USA on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. had a strong first half against Mexico and wasted no time gaining the upper hand. In the 15th minute, Graham Zusi, on the game’s first corner kick, delivered a perfect ball from the left side as Bradley separated himself from Mexico defender Jesus Eduardo Zavala at the far right post. Bradley played the ball off a short hop and directed it into the net for his 12th career goal and a 1-0 lead. It also marked the third time that Bradley scored off of a corner kick assist against Mexico. (SEE GOAL)

Wondolowski showed his forte of being at the right place, at the right time, when he added to the USA’s lead in the 28th minute. In the build-up, some sharp passes from Zusi and Clint Dempsey led to an attack from the right side as Tony Beltran crossed from the right flank. Bradley flicked a header to the left side of the box, where Wondolowski snuck behind Mexico’s Rogelio Alfredo Chavez with a right-footed toe poke goal. It was Wondolowski’s ninth goal of his career. (SEE GOAL)

It was a tale of two halves, however, as an emotional Mexico side responded early in the second half. Off of Marco Fabian’s right-footed corner kick from the left side, Marquez lost USA center back Omar Gonzalez on the set piece and had an open header from seven yards out, which he promptly placed into the left side of the net to cut the USA’s lead to 2-1 in the 49th minute. The goal was Marquez’s 15th for Mexico.

Alan Pulido then scored the equalizer in the 67th minute, rebounding off of Paul Aguilar’s initial strike, which ricocheted off of the left post. Pulido was the quickest to react, converging to tie the score at 2-2.

The match nearly ended in thrilling fashion when Eddie Johnson and the USA faithful believed they secured the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute. Johnson carved his right footed shot into the far right side of the goal, only to see his tally waived off when he was controversially ruled offside by the assistant referee.

Milestone Watch:

  • With his 12th career goal, Michael Bradley moved into a tie for 15th on the all-time U.S. MNT list with Frank Klopas and Clint Mathis.
  • Bradley, who made his first appearance of 2014, earned his 83rd career cap to move into sole possession of 22nd place on the all-time appearances list. Bradley had been tied with Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope who had 82 caps apiece.
  • Chris Wondolowski’s ninth goal puts him in a seven-way tie for 21st in the all-time USA goal scoring record books, matching the following players: Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff.
  • Clint Dempsey made his 103rd career appearance, passing former U.S. MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller (102 caps from 1990-2007) on the all-time list for 10th place.
  • With his 155th career cap, Landon Donovan, who entered the match in the 59th minute, is now only nine appearances behind all-time U.S. MNT leader Cobi Jones (164 caps from 1992-2004).

Next on the Schedule:

  • The U.S. MNT begins its three-game Send-Off Series against Azerbaijan at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio
  • Social: Twitter (@ussoccer); Facebook; Instagram
  • Tickets

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. is now 17-32-14 all-time against Mexico and 12-5-5 since 2000.
  • The USA is now 2-0-1 all-time at University of Phoenix Stadium and 3-0-2 in Arizona.
  • With Clint Dempsey wearing the captain’s armband, the U.S. is 6-3-2.
  • Jurgen Klinsmann is now 28-11-8 at the helm of the U.S. MNT.
  • Klinsmann’s lineup Wednesday featured a 4-4-2 formation in front of goalkeeper Nick Rimando. The back line included Michael Parkhurst and Tony Beltran at left and right back, respectively, with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez paired at center back. Beltran made his third career appearance, and his first cap since the USA’s 4-1 victory against Cuba on July 13, 2013, in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The starting diamond midfield included Brad Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, Kyle Beckerman at holding midfield and Michael Bradley at the top.
  • At forward, Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski were paired up front to start.
  • Klinsmann made several changes in the 59th minute, as Julian Green made his anticipated U.S. MNT debut when he entered for Davis. Landon Donovan replaced Zusi and Goodson took over for Besler.
  • Eddie Johnson made his 63rd career appearance, replacing Wondolowski in the 64th minute.
  • In the 72nd minute, DeAndre Yedlin earned his second cap when he replaced Beltran, and Maurice Edu entered for Beckerman.
  • Nick Rimando moved to 10-0-1 in his career.

-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: April 2, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Attendance: 59,066
Weather: 90 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:    1      2      F
USA                                    2      0      2
MEX                                   0      2      2

USA – Michael Bradley (Graham Zusi)                   15th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Michael Bradley)        28
MEX – Rafael Marquez (Marco Fabian)                 49
MEX – Alan Pulido                                                 67

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 6-Tony Beltran (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 72), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 59), 15-Michael Parkhurst; 14-Kyle Beckerman (7-Maurice Edu, 72), 19-Graham Zusi (10-Landon Donovan, 59), 11-Brad Davis (9-Julian Green, 59), 4-Michael Bradley; 17-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 64), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 16-Luis Gil, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 23-Moisés Muñoz (1-Alfredo Talavera, 46); 28-Rogelio Chávez (22-Paúl Aguilar, 63), 6-Juan Carlos Valenzuela, 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 2-Francisco Javier Rodríguez; 27-Carlos Peña (9-Raúl Jiménez, 46), 17-Jesús Zavala, 7-Miguel Layun (16-Miguel Ángel Ponce, 68);  11-Alán Pulido, 18-Isaac Brizuela (10-Luis Montes, 57), 8-Marco Fabián
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Enrique Pérez, 26-Juan Carlos Medina
Head coach: Miguel Herrera

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 9
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Miguel Angel Ponce (caution)        76th minute
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)               83

Officials:
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea (PAN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

A shining example of seizing the opportunity, Zusi went from an invitation to the January camp to finishing the year with six caps and three starts in World Cup qualifying as a wide option for Jurgen Klinsmann. Zusi settled into an advanced, right-sided spot with Sporting Kansas City and things seemed to fall neatly into place. his smooth passisng and set-piece ability earned him MLS Breakout Player of the Year honors in 2011 and led the league in assists in 2012, helping Kansas City to an Eastern-Conference best 66 points last season.

  • Notched his first goal on Jan. 25, 2012, vs. Panama just four days after recieving his first cap on Jan. 21, 2012, against Venezuela
  • Led all of Major League Soccer with 15 assists in 2012, the third highest mark in Kansas City club history
  • Helped Sprting capture the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, notching a goal and assist in semifinal victory over the Philadelphia Union
  • Selected to the MLS All-Star game in 2012 and logged 33 minutes in teh 3-2 win against Chelsea
  • Won teh 2005 and 2008 College Cups during his college career at maryland and scored the game-winning goal in both the 2008 semi-final and national championship games
2012: Zusi was invited to U.S. MNT's 2012 January camp in preperation for two friendlies against Venezuela and Panama ... He went on to start both matches and scored the lone goal in the win against Panama ... He played 71 minutes in a 1-0 win against Jamacia in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifing ... Came on in teh 60th minute of the 2-1 win against Mexico on Aug. 15 ... Made three appearances in World Cup qualifiers ... First Apperence: Jan. 21, 2012, vs. Venezuela ... First Goal: Jan. 25, 2012, vs. Panama
2012: After earning MLS Breakout Player of the Year for his performance during the 2011 MLS season, Zusi wasted notime living up to the honor in 2012 ... Zusi notched six assists and a goal in teh first six games of the 2012 regular season ... Zusi led Sporting Kansas City and MLS in assists with 15, the third-most assists in a single season in Kansas City's club history ... Zusi's league leading five game-winning assists in 2012 match the single season club record ... Zusi led the league in corner kicks with 150, most by a Sporting Kansas City player and third-most in MLS behind brad davis (172 in 2011) and Maco Etcheverry (198 in 1998) ... Zusi was named a 2012 MLS All-Star ... 2011: Secured a starting place and clocked 2,329 minutes in 32 games for Sporting Kansas City ... Notched five goals and seven assists, a team high, and played in all three playoff games for Sporting, including the eastern Conference final ... Recorded game-winning assists in three straight matches in June and was named MLS Player of the Month ... Scored twice in 3-1 win against Portland on Aug. 17, his second multi-goal game of the season, was named MLS Player of the Week and earned MLS Goal of the Week for his distance strike in the same match ... he was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 31 ... Provided both assists to the 2-0 victory over the Colorado rapids in teh second leg of the playoffs on Nov. 2 ... 2010: Made 19 apperances in his second year with the club, starting four games ... he scored his first professional goal against teh expansion Philadelphia Union on June 10 .. Also entered as a secon-half substitute in Kansas City's 2-1 win against Manchester United during a summer friendly and started in U.S. Open cup play-in match against Colorado ... 2009: Selected 23rd overall in the second round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft ... Made 13 apperances as a rookie, starting five games ... Recorded his first MLS assist in the last game of the season as he fed Kei Kamara for the team's first goal against D.C. United.
Has two younger sisters and one older brother who all play soccer ... In his free time, Zusi enjoys spending time with his family and doing outdoor activities, such as hicking and camping ... One of Zusi's all-time favorite movies is Tommy Boy ... Lists Zinedine Zidane and Chance Myers as his favorite soccer players, and enjoys watching Liverpool FC ... Gameday traditions include breakfast at Simply breakfast with chocolate chip pankakes, breakfast potatoes, turkey sausage and agallon of water ... Lists his top soccer memories as winning the College Cup with Maryland, playing in the opening match of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and scoring for the U.S. Men's National Team.
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