Whenever the United States and Mexico meet in soccer, it is anything but friendly. Thanks to Michael Orozco Fiscal’s late goal, the tense rivalry between the two neighbors is more intense than ever.
Fiscal, who plays in Mexico for Mexican club San Luis, scored on a pass from Terrance Boyd and past El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for their first-ever win in Mexico.
The United States, who was 0-23-1 all-time on the fabled Stadia Azteca pitch, stunned the Olympic gold medal champions, 1-0 in Mexico City, ending 75 years of near-misses and futility. To say that Azteca Stadium is a house of horrors for US men’s soccer is an understatement, as they have been outscored 81-14.
Mexico, fresh off a defeat five-time World Cup champion Brazil for the gold medal in London, was hoping for another home victory at the expense of their most hated rival, The United States. El Tri outshot the Americans 19-7 and dominated in time of possession, 66 percent to 34 percent. Despite all of that, Mexico could not seem to solve American goalkeeper Tim Howard.
In a game that Mexico was expected to dominate, Mexico commited 13 fouls compared to the Americans’ 12.
None of that seemed to faze an American side that was able to weather the emotion of Mexico’s first home game since returning from London, in addition to combating the heavy smog and Mexico City altitude. For once, El Tri was not going to outrun or outflank the United States with its superior speed and talent on the pitch.
Call it a case of Mexico having a post-Olympic hangover from winning their first-ever gold medal, but after 75 years of dealing with heavy smog, shortness of breath, and altitude, Azteca is silent in defeat as the Americans walk off its fabled pitch as victors.
Robert D. Cobb is the NBA Network Manager for Rant Media Network, Featured Writer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Arsenal Gunners.
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