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Tyler Adams' First International Goal Lifts USA Past Rival Mexico, 1-0, in Nashville

NASHVILLE (Sept. 11, 2018) — Continuing to test itself against some of the best in the world, the U.S. Men’s National Team was buoyed by a second-half surge and utilized a 71st minute strike from Tyler Adams – his first international goal – to earn a 1-0 victory against regional rivals Mexico in front of 40,194 fans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. With the victory, the USA improves its all-time mark against Mexico to 19-34-15 and extends its series advantage since 2000 to 14-7-6.

The MNT utilized a high press to break up Mexico’s passing lanes early on, but the visitors carried possession for much of the first half. El Trí forced two important stops out of Zack Steffen, with the USA goalkeeper pushing Edson Alvarez’s snap header off a corner kick over the bar in the 15th minute before smothering Roberto Alvarado’s one-time effort in the 37th.

The USA had its first-half opportunities as well, with Gyasi Zardes earning a free kick just outside the area, before Kellyn Acosta’s take was blocked by the wall in the 28th minute. Later in the half, Zardes laid a pass for Tim Weah, with the 18-year-old taking a low first-time hit that Mexico goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez got down well to save.

As so many USA-Mexico clashes have been, the second half became a physical affair, which boiled over after the hour mark. It began as Diego Lainez was judged to have fouled Matt MIazga in the U.S. box, with the pair exchanging a healthy dose of words and gestures. Play restarted, but stopped soon again when Angel Zaldivar delivered a two-footed tackle on Wil Trapp at midfield that forced referee Ricardo Montero to show a straight red card in the 67th minute.

Up a man, the USA needed just four minutes to take advantage. Working with more space, Kellyn Acosta sprung Antonee Robinson down the left, allowing the full back to deliver a low cross into the box. Adams met the cross with a late run and one-timed his effort past Hugo Gonzalez in the 71st minute. The goal was the 19-year-old midfielder’s first for the U.S. MNT.

With Mexico unable to create much in the attack while down a man, the USA weathered the physical play to earn the 1-0 victory over its regional rival.

The MNT will continue to test itself against top international sides with a pair of Kickoff Series matches next month. The USA will host Colombia on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas, UDN), and follow that up with a match against Peru on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tyler Adams (Antonee Robinson) 71st minute: It took the USA just four minutes after the going up a man to find the opening goal. With more space to work with, the USA took advantage, with Kellyn Acosta slotting Antonee Robinson in down the left side. The full back centered a low pass into the box where a late run from Adams allowed him to one-time his effort past Hugo Gonzalez USA 1, MEX 0 [WATCH] FINAL.

Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Zack Steffen, 15th minute: The first good chance of the match came from Mexico as Roberto Alvarado’s corner kick from the left picked out Edson Alvarez at the near post. The defender snapped his header towards goal, but Steffen pushed the ball over the bar to force another corner kick. On the ensuing take from the right, Steffen easily claimed the ball at the back post.

USA – Zack Steffen, 37th minute: Catching the U.S. in transition, Mexico broke out with another dangerous attack when Diego Lainez sped down the right before beating Wil Trapp into the penalty area. Once there, Lainez dashed along on the end line and centered for Alvarado, but his first-time effort was smothered a yard off the line by Steffen.

MEX – Hugo Gonzalez, 40th minute: Tim Weah helped the U.S. attack find its footing late in the second half. Minutes after blasting a long-range effort to earn a corner kick, Weah forced El Trí goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez into action for the first time. Intercepting a pass in midfield, Wil Trapp quickly transitioned to Gyasi Zardes, who switched the ball to the left for Weah. The winger took the pass in stride and one-timed a low effort from outside the box that Gonzalez did well to block.  

MEX – Hugo Gonzalez, 62nd minute: The U.S. continued to pressure and came close again thanks to a quick restart from Julian Green. The substitute midfielder played to the left for Antonee Robinson who took some space before whipping in a cross for Zardes that Gonzalez claimed it at the near post.   

Additional Notes:

  • The MNT improves its record against Mexico to 19-34-15 and leads the series since 2000 with a 14-7-6 mark.
  • Wil Trapp captained the side for the sixth time. Trapp has worn the armband in every U.S. match this year except for the 3-0 win against Bolivia on May 28. 
  • Collecting his fifth cap, Zack Steffen became the second-least experienced goalkeeper to make his first appearance against Mexico after Jonny Walker, who made his third and final MNT appearance in a 1-0 win against El Trí on April 28, 2004.
  • Nine of players in the Starting XI are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaq Moore (FC Dallas) Zack Steffen (FC DELCO), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Tim Weah (New York Red Bulls/BW Gottschee), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
  • Tyler Adams’ 71st minute strike was the first of his senior international career.
  • Antonee Robinson recorded his second international assist on Adams’ goal.
  • Zack Steffen made three saves to keep his second career clean sheet.
  • With an average of 23 years, 5 days, the Starting XI was the youngest the MNT has put out against Mexico in the modern era (1990-present). The next youngest lineup against El Trí in that timespan came on March 12, 1991, a 2-2 draw in Los Angeles (23 years, 289 days).
  • The match was the sixth consecutive game in which the MNT lineup averaged under 24 years.
  • Midfielder Weston McKennie exited the match in the 40th minute with a left knee sprain.
  • At 18 years, 201 days, Tim Weah became the third youngest player in the MNT’s modern era to start against Mexico after Christian Pulisic (18 years, 54 days; Nov. 16, 2011) and Jozy Altidore (18 years, 92 days; Feb. 6, 2008).
  • Adams and Trapp made their team-leading sixth appearances of 2018.  
  • Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers were deployed as the MNT’s center back pairing for the third time. The duo partnered in the 1-0 victory against Paraguay on March 27 and the 2-1 defeat at Ireland on June 2.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, goalkeeper Alex Bono and defender Aaron Long were healthy scratches from tonight’s matchday squad.
  • The MNT moves to 2-2-1 all-time at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.  
  • This is the second time the MNT has played on September 11. The first came in 2012, a 1-0 win against Jamaica in Semifinal Round World Cup Qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.
  • During their stay in the New York area last week, the U.S. Men’s National Team met with members of the NYPD and FDNY Soccer Teams at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, exchanging jerseys and touring the museum.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: September 11, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: 40,194
Kickoff: 8:10 p.m. CT / 9:10 p.m. ET
Weather: 69 degrees; cloudy

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

USATyler Adams (Antonee Robinson)                   71st minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 19-Shaq Moore (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 85), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 3-Matt Miazga, 15-Eric Lichaj (17-Antonee Robinson, 56); 20-Wil Trapp (capt.); 23-Kellyn Acosta (10-Cristian Roldan, 85), 4- Tyler Adams, 8-Weston McKennie (16-Julian Green, 40), 11-Tim Weah (25-Marky Delgado, 90+2); 9-Gyasi Zardes (7- Bobby Wood, 80)
Substitutes not used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Andrija Novakovich, 21-Tim Parker
Head coach: Dave Sarachan

MEX: 1-Hugo González; 19-José Abella, 3-Hugo Ayala (capt.), 2-Oswaldo Alanís (21-Jesús Angulo, 90+3), 17-Gerardo Arteaga; 4-Edson Álvarez, 5-Victor Guzmán (23-Jesús Gallardo, 80); 18-Diego Lainez (11-Elías Hernández, 74), 24-Roberto Alvarado (10-Alan Pulido, 74), 16-Erick Aguirre; 14-Ángel Zaldivar
Substitutes not used: 12-Gibran Lajud, 6-Jonathan Dos Santos, 8-Luis Rodriguez, 20-Jonathan González
Head coach: Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferreti

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 13 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Miazga (caution)                   38th minute
MEX – Edson Álvarez (caution)               66
MEX – Ángel Zaldivar (sent off)               67
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)              88
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)                  89

Officials:
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Tyler Adams

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: September 11, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: 40,194
Kickoff: 8:10 p.m. CT / 9:10 p.m. ET
Weather: 69 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Tyler Adams (Antonee Robinson)                   71st minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 19-Shaq Moore (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 85), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 3-Matt Miazga, 15-Eric Lichaj (17-Antonee Robinson, 56); 20-Wil Trapp (capt.); 23-Kellyn Acosta (10-Cristian Roldan, 85), 4- Tyler Adams, 8-Weston McKennie (16-Julian Green, 40), 11-Tim Weah (25-Marky Delgado, 90+2); 9-Gyasi Zardes (7- Bobby Wood, 80)
Substitutes not used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Andrija Novakovich, 21-Tim Parker
Head coach: Dave Sarachan

MEX: 1-Hugo González; 19-José Abella, 3-Hugo Ayala (capt.), 2-Oswaldo Alanís (21-Jesús Angulo, 90+3), 17-Gerardo Arteaga; 4-Edson Álvarez, 5-Victor Guzmán (23-Jesús Gallardo, 80); 18-Diego Lainez (11-Elías Hernández, 74), 24-Roberto Alvarado (10-Alan Pulido, 74), 16-Erick Aguirre; 14-Ángel Zaldivar
Substitutes not used: 12-Gibran Lajud, 6-Jonathan Dos Santos, 8-Luis Rodriguez, 20-Jonathan González
Head coach: Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferreti

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 13 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Miazga (caution)                   38th minute
MEX – Edson Álvarez (caution)               66
MEX – Ángel Zaldivar (sent off)               67
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)              88
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)                  89

Officials: 
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Tyler Adams

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Tyler Adams' First International Goal Lifts USA Past Rival Mexico, 1-0, in Nashville

NASHVILLE (Sept. 11, 2018) — Continuing to test itself against some of the best in the world, the U.S. Men’s National Team was buoyed by a second-half surge and utilized a 71st minute strike from Tyler Adams – his first international goal – to earn a 1-0 victory against regional rivals Mexico in front of 40,194 fans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. With the victory, the USA improves its all-time mark against Mexico to 19-34-15 and extends its series advantage since 2000 to 14-7-6.

The MNT utilized a high press to break up Mexico’s passing lanes early on, but the visitors carried possession for much of the first half. El Trí forced two important stops out of Zack Steffen, with the USA goalkeeper pushing Edson Alvarez’s snap header off a corner kick over the bar in the 15th minute before smothering Roberto Alvarado’s one-time effort in the 37th.

The USA had its first-half opportunities as well, with Gyasi Zardes earning a free kick just outside the area, before Kellyn Acosta’s take was blocked by the wall in the 28th minute. Later in the half, Zardes laid a pass for Tim Weah, with the 18-year-old taking a low first-time hit that Mexico goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez got down well to save.

As so many USA-Mexico clashes have been, the second half became a physical affair, which boiled over after the hour mark. It began as Diego Lainez was judged to have fouled Matt MIazga in the U.S. box, with the pair exchanging a healthy dose of words and gestures. Play restarted, but stopped soon again when Angel Zaldivar delivered a two-footed tackle on Wil Trapp at midfield that forced referee Ricardo Montero to show a straight red card in the 67th minute.

Up a man, the USA needed just four minutes to take advantage. Working with more space, Kellyn Acosta sprung Antonee Robinson down the left, allowing the full back to deliver a low cross into the box. Adams met the cross with a late run and one-timed his effort past Hugo Gonzalez in the 71st minute. The goal was the 19-year-old midfielder’s first for the U.S. MNT.

With Mexico unable to create much in the attack while down a man, the USA weathered the physical play to earn the 1-0 victory over its regional rival.

The MNT will continue to test itself against top international sides with a pair of Kickoff Series matches next month. The USA will host Colombia on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas, UDN), and follow that up with a match against Peru on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tyler Adams (Antonee Robinson) 71st minute: It took the USA just four minutes after the going up a man to find the opening goal. With more space to work with, the USA took advantage, with Kellyn Acosta slotting Antonee Robinson in down the left side. The full back centered a low pass into the box where a late run from Adams allowed him to one-time his effort past Hugo Gonzalez USA 1, MEX 0 [WATCH] FINAL.

Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Zack Steffen, 15th minute: The first good chance of the match came from Mexico as Roberto Alvarado’s corner kick from the left picked out Edson Alvarez at the near post. The defender snapped his header towards goal, but Steffen pushed the ball over the bar to force another corner kick. On the ensuing take from the right, Steffen easily claimed the ball at the back post.

USA – Zack Steffen, 37th minute: Catching the U.S. in transition, Mexico broke out with another dangerous attack when Diego Lainez sped down the right before beating Wil Trapp into the penalty area. Once there, Lainez dashed along on the end line and centered for Alvarado, but his first-time effort was smothered a yard off the line by Steffen.

MEX – Hugo Gonzalez, 40th minute: Tim Weah helped the U.S. attack find its footing late in the second half. Minutes after blasting a long-range effort to earn a corner kick, Weah forced El Trí goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez into action for the first time. Intercepting a pass in midfield, Wil Trapp quickly transitioned to Gyasi Zardes, who switched the ball to the left for Weah. The winger took the pass in stride and one-timed a low effort from outside the box that Gonzalez did well to block.  

MEX – Hugo Gonzalez, 62nd minute: The U.S. continued to pressure and came close again thanks to a quick restart from Julian Green. The substitute midfielder played to the left for Antonee Robinson who took some space before whipping in a cross for Zardes that Gonzalez claimed it at the near post.   

Additional Notes:

  • The MNT improves its record against Mexico to 19-34-15 and leads the series since 2000 with a 14-7-6 mark.
  • Wil Trapp captained the side for the sixth time. Trapp has worn the armband in every U.S. match this year except for the 3-0 win against Bolivia on May 28. 
  • Collecting his fifth cap, Zack Steffen became the second-least experienced goalkeeper to make his first appearance against Mexico after Jonny Walker, who made his third and final MNT appearance in a 1-0 win against El Trí on April 28, 2004.
  • Nine of players in the Starting XI are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaq Moore (FC Dallas) Zack Steffen (FC DELCO), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Tim Weah (New York Red Bulls/BW Gottschee), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
  • Tyler Adams’ 71st minute strike was the first of his senior international career.
  • Antonee Robinson recorded his second international assist on Adams’ goal.
  • Zack Steffen made three saves to keep his second career clean sheet.
  • With an average of 23 years, 5 days, the Starting XI was the youngest the MNT has put out against Mexico in the modern era (1990-present). The next youngest lineup against El Trí in that timespan came on March 12, 1991, a 2-2 draw in Los Angeles (23 years, 289 days).
  • The match was the sixth consecutive game in which the MNT lineup averaged under 24 years.
  • Midfielder Weston McKennie exited the match in the 40th minute with a left knee sprain.
  • At 18 years, 201 days, Tim Weah became the third youngest player in the MNT’s modern era to start against Mexico after Christian Pulisic (18 years, 54 days; Nov. 16, 2011) and Jozy Altidore (18 years, 92 days; Feb. 6, 2008).
  • Adams and Trapp made their team-leading sixth appearances of 2018.  
  • Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers were deployed as the MNT’s center back pairing for the third time. The duo partnered in the 1-0 victory against Paraguay on March 27 and the 2-1 defeat at Ireland on June 2.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, goalkeeper Alex Bono and defender Aaron Long were healthy scratches from tonight’s matchday squad.
  • The MNT moves to 2-2-1 all-time at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.  
  • This is the second time the MNT has played on September 11. The first came in 2012, a 1-0 win against Jamaica in Semifinal Round World Cup Qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.
  • During their stay in the New York area last week, the U.S. Men’s National Team met with members of the NYPD and FDNY Soccer Teams at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, exchanging jerseys and touring the museum.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: September 11, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: 40,194
Kickoff: 8:10 p.m. CT / 9:10 p.m. ET
Weather: 69 degrees; cloudy

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

USATyler Adams (Antonee Robinson)                   71st minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 19-Shaq Moore (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 85), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 3-Matt Miazga, 15-Eric Lichaj (17-Antonee Robinson, 56); 20-Wil Trapp (capt.); 23-Kellyn Acosta (10-Cristian Roldan, 85), 4- Tyler Adams, 8-Weston McKennie (16-Julian Green, 40), 11-Tim Weah (25-Marky Delgado, 90+2); 9-Gyasi Zardes (7- Bobby Wood, 80)
Substitutes not used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 13-Andrija Novakovich, 21-Tim Parker
Head coach: Dave Sarachan

MEX: 1-Hugo González; 19-José Abella, 3-Hugo Ayala (capt.), 2-Oswaldo Alanís (21-Jesús Angulo, 90+3), 17-Gerardo Arteaga; 4-Edson Álvarez, 5-Victor Guzmán (23-Jesús Gallardo, 80); 18-Diego Lainez (11-Elías Hernández, 74), 24-Roberto Alvarado (10-Alan Pulido, 74), 16-Erick Aguirre; 14-Ángel Zaldivar
Substitutes not used: 12-Gibran Lajud, 6-Jonathan Dos Santos, 8-Luis Rodriguez, 20-Jonathan González
Head coach: Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferreti

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 13 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Matt Miazga (caution)                   38th minute
MEX – Edson Álvarez (caution)               66
MEX – Ángel Zaldivar (sent off)               67
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)              88
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)                  89

Officials:
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Tyler Adams

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Lineup Notes: U.S. MNT vs. Mexico - International Friendly

USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T
Kickoff Series - International Friendly
Sept. 11, 2018
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn. 
Live Broadcast: 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and Univision

Tonight’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Mexico: 1-Zack Steffen; 19-Shaq Moore, 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 3-Matt Miazga, 15-Eric Lichaj; 20-Wil Trapp (capt.); 23-Kellyn Acosta, 4-Tyler Adams, 8-Weston McKennie, 11-Tim Weah; 9-Gyasi Zardes

Substitutes: 12-Ethan Horvath, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 7-Bobby Wood, 10-Cristian Roldan, 13-Andrija Novakovich, 16-Julian Green, 17-Antonee Robinson, 21-Tim Parker, 25-Marky Delgado

  • U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Gyasi Zardes (40), Kellyn Acosta (19), Eric Lichaj (16), Matt Miazga (9), Wil Trapp (8), Tyler Adams (7), Weston McKennie (6), Cameron Carter-Vickers (5), Zack Steffen (5), Tim Weah (5), Shaq Moore (3)
  • Making his eighth MNT appearance, Wil Trapp captains the side for the sixth time tonight. Trapp has worn the armband in every U.S. match this year except for the 3-0 win against Bolivia on May 28.
  • The Starting XI’s average cap number (including this match): 11.2 caps
  • Dave Sarachan makes six changes from the lineup that faced Brazil on Friday, inserting Shaq Moore, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Eric Lichaj on the back line, Kellyn Acosta and Tim Weah in midfield and Gyasi Zardes up top. 
  • With an average of 23 years, 5 days, tonight’s Starting XI is the youngest the MNT has put out against Mexico in the modern era (1990-present). The next youngest lineup against El Trí in that timespan came on March 12, 1991, a 2-2 draw in Los Angeles (23 years, 289 days). Starting left back Eric Lichaj is the only player in tonight’s Starting XI that was alive when the match was played.
  • This is the sixth straight match in which the MNT lineup has had an average age under 24 years.
  • At 18 years, 201 days, Tim Weah is the third youngest player in the MNT’s modern era to start against Mexico after Christian Pulisic (18 years, 54 days; Nov. 16, 2011) and Jozy Altidore (18 years, 92 days; Feb. 6, 2008).
  • Three players have previous senior-team experience against Mexico: Gyasi Zardes (two games), Kellyn Acosta and Eric Lichaj (one game each) 
  • Collecting his fifth cap tonight, Zack Steffen becomes the second-least experienced goalkeeper to make his first appearance against Mexico after Jonny Walker, who made his third and final MNT appearance in a 1-0 win against El Trí on April 28, 2004.
  • Nine of the starting XI are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaq Moore (FC Dallas) Zack Steffen (FC DELCO), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Tim Weah (New York Red Bulls/BW Gottschee), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
  • The MNT trails the all-time series with an 18-34-15 mark, but leads the series since 2000, holding a 13-7-6 record since. The USA is also 7-0-4 against Mexico in the two sides’ last 11 friendly matches.
  • Adams and Trapp make their team-leading sixth appearances of 2018.  
  • Adams, Weston McKennie and Trapp form the core of the MNT central midfield for the fourth-straight match. 
  • Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers start as the MNT’s center back pair for the third time. The duo partnered in the 1-0 victory against Paraguay on March 27 and the 2-1 defeat at Ireland on June 2.
  • Kellyn Acosta is the lone player to appear in the last meeting with Mexico, logging 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw in World Cup Qualifying at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on June 11, 2017.
  • The MNT starting XI represents clubs in six different countries: USA (5), England (2), France (2), Germany (1), Spain (1)
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, goalkeeper Alex Bono and defender Aaron Long are healthy scratches from tonight’s matchday squad. Teams are allowed six substitutions in tonight’s match.
  • Tonight marks the MNT’s sixth match at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. The USA is 2-2-1 all-time at the venue and last played to a 1-1 draw with Panama in the opening match of the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup.
  • This is the second time the MNT has played on September 11. The first came in 2012, a 1-0 win against Jamaica in Semifinal Round World Cup Qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.
  • During their stay in the New York area last week, the U.S. Men’s National Team met with members of the NYPD and FDNY Soccer Teams at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, exchanging jerseys and touring the museum.
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USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, Gives Young Yanks First Taste of Great Rivalry | Sept. 11 | 8:30 p.m. ET | ESPN, Univision

NASHVILLE (Sept. 10, 2018) – The U.S. Men’s National Team continues its fall Kickoff Series by renewing its regional rivalry with Mexico on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in Nashville, Tenn. With both teams sporting younger rosters, the next chapter of the storied series will be written at Nissan Stadium. Coverage of USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and Univision. Read more
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Charlie Davies Pens Letter to Young MNT Players on USA-Mexico Rivalry

Gentlemen,

Tomorrow you will take the field to play in one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports: USA-Mexico. This is it! This is the game that we all dream of playing in, a chance to make a statement to Mexico and everyone else that we are the best. For most of you this will be the first of many battles with El Tri, and it’s important that you set the tone for years to come. Putting on the jersey to represent your country is a special honor and a privilege that few players get a chance to experience and it should never be taken for granted. With pride and bragging rights on the line, you will have the chance to become a part of history.

It’s a history that runs deep. Generations and generations of players have sacrificed blood, sweat and tears during these matches. Whether it was in 1997 when the U.S. got their first result in Mexico, the 2001 squad who coined the “Dos a Cero” phrase, or the biggest win to date in the 2002 World Cup Round of 16, the desire, commitment and intensity must continue. The groundwork has been laid and now it’s your time to add to the legacy.

I was just 10 years old when I went to see the U.S. Men’s National Team for the very first time. It just so happened to be a World Cup Qualifier against Mexico. The combination of love, support and passion for our country and for the team was contagious and had a lasting impact on me. It was my dream to play in this game, and I would spend the next 13 years chasing it. What I saw and felt that day inspired and motivated me throughout my entire journey to becoming a professional. See the power that you guys have? You have that ability to do the same to millions of kids around the country who will be watching your game tomorrow. I promised myself that I would score one day against our rivals and I would work hard and tirelessly until it happened.

That day came in 2009, when we battled Mexico in a World Cup Qualifier in their legendary fortress that is Estadio Azteca. In the ninth minute, that dream I had as a little boy became reality. I raced in behind and scored a curler to take the lead. As I ran to celebrate, the 100,000 El Tri supporters fell silent. It was the only instance in the entire 90 minutes that I could hear the American fans who had braved the environment to show their loyalty. As I dodged batteries, coins, and bottles being hailed from the stands, the feeling was euphoric. This was undoubtedly the best moment of my career.

You have a unique opportunity as a young team to grow together and form bonds that will last a lifetime. The U.S. MNT is a family, a brotherhood. You are on your way to becoming that cohesive unit, playing for the country and everything it stands for and doing it together. Be confident, play your game, never back down, take your chances, and be proud. The American spirit is strong and I know you guys will go on to do great things. Your country is behind you. Get fired up and fight for your lives out there! And most importantly, enjoy every second of it.

All the best!

-CD9

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MNT Sep 10, 2018
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