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USA 0, Mexico 0; EJ goes 35 minutes

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm with 4 Comments »
March 26, 2013 9:55 pm

USSF100Final: USA 0, Mexico 0.

Sounders Eddie Johnson plays the final 35 minutes.

Panama (1-0-2) leads the group, USA (1-1-1) tied for second, Mexico (0-0-3) fifth.

USA-Panama meet June 11 in Seattle.

USA starters: Guzan; Cameron, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Bradley, Edu; Zusi, Dempsey (c), Gomez; Altidore.

Pregame: Potentially huge match for the USA tonight in Mexico City. Sounders forward Eddie Johnson is available for the USA.

Here are some basics from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Men’s National Team heads to Estadio Azteca on Tuesday, March 26, to face Mexico in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in Mexico City. The game kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com‘s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

ESPN and Univision are providing extensive coverage for Tuesday’s game. Univision Deportes Futbol Club will air for four live hours before the kickoff. Pre-game coverage on ESPN begins at 9:30 p.m. ET, marking the first time ESPN is holding an hour-long lead-in for a World Cup Qualifying match. Additionally, from 7:30-9:30, ESPN Classic is re-airing the USA’s 1-0 victory against Costa Rica from Friday, March 22.

In the most recent meeting, the U.S. earned its first victory on Mexican soil, a 1-0 international friendly win on Aug. 15, 2012, at Estadio Azteca. Michael Orozco Fiscal scored his first international goal in the 80th minute and goalkeeper Tim Howard made three saves – including two late stops – en route to the historic victory.

The U.S. and Mexico are part of the six-team Hexagonal along with Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica and Panama. The 10-game, round-robin format began on Feb. 6 and will run through Oct.10. The top three teams will automatically advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place team will compete in a two-leg playoff against the champion from the Oceania Confederation.


JERMAINE JONES OUT WITH LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN: U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones has been ruled out of Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico after suffering a sprained left ankle in the USA’s 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. Jones did not travel with the team to Mexico. Jones received the injury in the first half, which required two stitches during the interval. He continued play until being subbed out in the 83rd minute.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (World Cup Qualifying Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa – 6/4 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire – 0/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake – 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake – 0/0), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City – 0/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City – 7/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy – 2/0), Clarence Goodson (Brondby – 6/0), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes – 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla – 27/6), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake – 3/0), Michael Bradley (Roma – 21/5), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana – 1/0), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo – 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor – 11/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht – 13/0), Brek Shea (Stoke City – 2/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City – 5/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar – 19/6), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna – 2/0), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur – 28/12), Herculez Gomez (Santos – 7/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC – 13/10)

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. elmocatt says:

    Great result tonight v. El Tri. Could not ask for much better – especially when combined with the three points v. Costa Rica.

    DR – when Eddie Johnson gets back to Seattle I hope you are able to interview him – what an amazing week he has had – friday night – the snow bowl in Colorado, followed by the cauldron of hate that is Aztec stadium. Sure he has a great story to tell.

    Given these past two games, cannot wait until U.S. v. Panama . . . in Seattle!

  2. Don Ruiz says:

    Absolutely will talk to EJ on Thursday.

  3. derekyoung says:

    The most glorious 0-0 of all time.

  4. alanfigliola says:

    Eddy J 35 minutes of duh? He needs to expand his game, re something beside is ever present step/over move and break left everytime, predictable with the ball, easy to defend for sure. Please expand your moves it may help your game?

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