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MNT Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Packed Alamodome

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.

Highlights: Morris, Agudelo and Co. Rack Up another #DosACero vs. Mexico

The USA beat Mexico 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 64,369 in the Alamodome in San Antonio. Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo scored for the U.S.

USA Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd of 64,369 Inside Alamodome

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.

Milestone Watch:

  • 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.

Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
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Additional Notes:

  • 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

Lineups:
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

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials: 
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

MNT Ready for Mexico Showdown in San Antonio

Watch how the ‪#‎USMNT‬ prepared in this short camp before ‪#‎USAvMEX‬ presented by AT&T.

Gallery: Matchday Minus One, MNT Trains at Alamodome

The USMNT trained onsite at the Alamodome on yesterday in advance of tonight'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.

Rimando was included in the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster, making his first trip to a World Cup in his career.  He was also a stronghold for the USA's goalkeeping contigent in 2013, boasting a perfect 6-0-0 record and allowing only four goals in 540 minutes. Five of those victories came during the USA's run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown. Along with his career-year internationally, Rimando moved up the record books in Major League Soccer, becoming just the second player in history to reach 100 regular-season shutouts during Real Salt Lake's 2013 season opener.

  • Has appeared in four and started three games for the U.S. in 2014. Started and played the full 90 minutes in the Oct. 14 1-1 draw against Honduras to remain unbeaten in his National Team career, moving to 10-0-2. 
  • Posted a career-best six wins for the U.S. MNT in 2013, winning all six starts and allowing only four goals in 540 minutes. Five victories came during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he also manned the net during the USA's 1-0 victory against Panama in the tournament championship on July 28.
  • Became just the second player in MLS history to reach 100 regular-season shutouts during Real Salt Lake's 2-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes on March 3, 2014.
  • Debuted for the USA in 2002, combining with Tim Howard for a 2-0 shutout win against El Salvador. 
  • Has featured for the USA at many youth levels, including the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship
  • Earned the 2009 MLS Cup MVP award as he led Real Salt Lake to their first league championship title.
  • Ranks second all-time amongst MLS goalkeepers in wins (137) and shutouts (99) and third in games played.

2014: Has appeared in four and started three games for the U.S. in 2014 ... Remained undefeated with the National Team after improving to 10-0-2 on Oct. 14 in a 1-1 draw against Honduras ... Included on the 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... 2013: The goalkeeping veteran had his most significant year with the MNT, going a perfect 6-0-0 with two shutouts … His six wins were second only to Tim Howard’s seven … Earned five caps at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and posted a clean sheet during the U.S. MNT’s 1-0 victory against Panama in the tournament championship on July 28 at Soldier Field in Chicago … Rimando’s other shutout came against Guatemala as the USA rolled to a 6-0 win on July 5 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego …2012: Partnered with Sean Johnson to earn a shutout in the 1-0 win against Panama on Jan. 25 in Panama City ... is spectacular performance in the 45 minutes in goal that game earned him Budweiser Man of the Match honors ... Called in for virtually every camp ... 2011: Called into camp ahead of the Jan. 22 match against Chile and started in the 1-1 tie … Named to the roster for the October games against Honduras and Ecuador but did not play … 2010: Ended six-and-a-half-year span between caps on Feb. 24 vs. El Salvador, earning the win in the 2-1 friendly triumph at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa … Also made 18-man roster on January 23 vs. Honduras … 2003: Earned two caps, including a 2-0 victory against Wales on May 26, in which he registered his first complete shutout and start for the U.S. senior side … 2002: Made his senior international debut on Nov. 17 vs. El Salvador, coming on at the half and combining with Tim Howard to post a 2-0 shutout win … Under-20s: Earned 31 caps for the U.S. Under-20 squad across 1998-99 …Was a member of the U.S. U-20 National Team that went 2-2-0 at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria … Under-17s: Member of the U.S. U-17 squad that competed in the 1995 U-17 World Cup in Ecuador … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2002, vs. El Salvador … First Shutout: May 26, 2003, vs. Wales. 

2013: Earned nine shutouts and went 14-7-6 during the regular-season, finishing second in the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year voting … Became only the second player in MLS history to reach 100 regular-season shutouts when he made two saves during Real Salt Lake’s 2-0 season-opening victory against the San Jose Earthquakes on March 3 … Won MLS Save of the Year for his double-save against the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 3 … 2012 ... Collected a career-high 16 regular season victories ... Registered 2,790 minutes of action in 31 games, second-most in his 13 season ... Made his 17th save in 56 career penalty kicks face on Sept. 6 in Houston, extending his MLS all-time high ...  Eleven clean sheets in 2012 extended his regular-season career total to 99 all-time, trailing only Kevin Hartman ... 2011: Recorded new career highs for games played and started, with 33 each, plus three starts in MLS Cup playoffs … Reached a career high for minutes played (2,970) and posted a 1.09 GAA with 13 shutouts … Signed a contract extension in February to keep him at Real Salt Lake until 2013 … 2010: Started and played in 27 games for Real Salt Lake … Recorded 2,430 minutes of action and garnered a .78 save percentage … Earned 18 shutouts and made 78 saves with a .67 GAA … Finished the season with a 15-4-8 record …  2009: His 1.14 GAA was the third lowest of his 10-year MLS career and his nine shutouts ranking second-most … Finished among MLS’ Top 10 with a 1.14 GAA, 9 shutouts and 10 wins …  2008: One of four goalkeepers to play every minute for his squad in 2008 … Finished season in top six across MLS with 10 wins, 8 shutouts and a 1.30 GAA … Made 200th MLS regular season start & appearance on October 9 vs. New York Red Bulls … 2007: Acquired, traded, then re-acquired by Real Salt Lake during the off-season, the final deal bringing Rimando back to Utah … 2006: Made just two appearances for D.C. United in a back-up role behind Troy Perkins after overcoming injuries during the first half of the season … 2005: Returned to full strength and had one of his best seasons, notching a career-high 11 shutouts while maintaining an impressive 1.17 GAA and tying his career-best of 15 wins ... 2004: A right knee injury limited Rimando to just 13 appearances … Still managed to record a 7-3-3 record and a career-best and club-record 1.00 GAA … Went 4-0-0 in postseason play, his 1.15 GAA helping United to its fifth MLS Cup crown … 2003: Equaled a D.C. team single-season record with seven shutouts. 2002: Recorded club-record seven shutouts and D.C. United’s single-season record for saves with 131 … Only player on D.C. to log every minute during the 2002 season … 2001: Set several team records for Miami Fusion FC in his first full season, including 15 wins and five shutouts … Posted a 15-5-5 record and 1.29 GAA, numbers that helped Miami garner the 2001 Supporters Shield … 2000: Made five saves and recorded a shutout in his MLS debut for Miami Fusion FC … Finalist for the Nickelodeon GAS Play of the Year for a one-handed save on D.C.’s Bobby Convey’s shot on August 5 … Posted a 2-1-0 record in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and made a PK save in the Final on October 21 at Chicago.

Lives in Salt Lake City with wife Jacqui, son Jett Nicholas and daughter Benny Rose … Enjoys going to local parks with his two dogs, Cassius and Marley … Parents are Marcus and Rose … Works with “No More Homeless Pets in Utah” … Loves going to concerts in the offseason and lists his favorite music as Punk Rock and Alternative.
Finished his three years at UCLA with a 0.67 GAA, the second-best mark in Bruin history … In 1999, he received NSCAA All-Far West First-Team and College Soccer Online All-American Honorable Mention honors … Tallied 19 wins in 22 games while maintaining a 0.78 GAA in helping UCLA reach the NCAA College Cup Semifinals.
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