USA Defender John Brooks (#6) vs Mexico

USA Defender John Brooks (#6) vs Mexico

Mexico, determined to avoid yet another Columbus Dos a Cero, took a 1-0 lead into halftime,  but a second half push from the U.S. Men’s National Team equalized right after the break. Pushing for a game-winner, the U.S. gave up a header by Rafael Marquez in the 89th minute and Mexico got the winning goal.

The loss ended the USMNT’s string of four-straight 2-0 World Cup qualifying wins over their CONCACAF rivals, each of which came in Columbus, Ohio.
The U.S. tied the game with a 49th minute strike from Bobby Wood and a spirited second half performance in front of a sold-out crowd of 24,650 at MAPFRE Stadium in the opening match of the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on Friday night.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT visits Costa Rica for the second match of Final Round World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica (beIN SPORTS, NBC Universo).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
MEX – Miguel Layun (Giovani dos Santos), 20th minute:
 With the ball held up by Michael Bradley and Giovani dos Santos just outside the area, the Mexico attacker won the battle, by chopping the ball loose as Layun ran onto it, firing a shot that deflected off Timmy Chandler before sneaking inside the lower left post.USA 0, MEX 1 
 
USA – Bobby Wood (Jozy Altidore), 49th minute: John Brooks started the play, picking out a pass and quickly beginning the transition into attack with a lofted ball for Jozy Altidore. The veteran MNT forward held it up before turning towards goal, with his thundering run allowing space to slot Bobby Wood into the box. There, the Hamburg forward split the Mexico defense before hitting a low shot that Tallavera got a piece of but couldn’t prevent from hitting the back of the net. USA 1, MEX 1 
 
MEX – Rafael Marquez (Miguel Layun), 89th minute: A corner kick from Miguel Layun picked out Marquez at the near left post and his glancing header redirected across the face of goal past substitute goalkeeper Brad Guzan into the far right side netting. USA 1, MEX 2
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
  • With the result, the USA moves to 12-5-1 in 2016.
  • Bobby Wood’s 49th minute goal was the eighth of his international career, fourth of 2016 and fourth of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying cycle.
  • Altidore’s assist on Wood’s goal was the 10th all-time for the U.S. MNT and second of 2016.
  • Wood and Altidore have combined for 11 goals in the seven matches they’ve started up front together.
  • Making his 33rd World Cup Qualifying appearance, Howard moved into a tie with DaMarcus Beasley for third on the MNT’s all-time WCQ caps list. The pair sits behind only Landon Donovan (40) and Clint Dempsey (34).
  • Howard also made his 111th overall appearance for the USA, moving past Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri for ninth on the MNT’s all-time appearance list.
  • Howard was replaced by Brad Guzan in the 40th minute after picking up an injury on a goal kick moments earlier.
  • Defender John Brooks made his World Cup Qualifying debut in his 28th match for the USA.
  • Christian Pulisic returns to MAPFRE Stadium where he made his MNT debut in a 4-0 World Cup Qualifying victory against Guatemala on March 29, 2016. At 17 years, 193 days, Pulisic became the youngest player appear in a World Cup qualifier for the MNT that night.
– U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Nov. 11, 2016
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – Qualifier
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 24,650
Weather: 48 degrees; Partly cloudy 
Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             0          1          1
MEX                             1          1          2 
MEX – Miguel Layún                             20th minute
USA – Bobby Wood (Jozy Altidore)        49
MEX – Rafael Márquez (Miguel Layún)   89 
Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (12-Brad Guzan, 40); 21-Timmy Chandler (2-DeAndre Yedlin 74), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 6-John Brooks, 5-Matt Besler (14-Michael Orozco, 81); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones; 10-Christian Pulisic, 17-Jozy Altidore, 7-Bobby Wood
Subs: 22-William Yarbrough, 8-Alan Gordon, 9-Aron Johannsson, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 15-Steve Birnbaum, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 18-Julian Green, 19-Graham Zusi, 20-Lynden Gooch
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
MEX: 12-Alfredo Talavera; 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 5-Diego Reyes (2-Hugo Ayala, 46), 7-Miguel Layún, 10-Giovani dos Santos, 11-Carlos Vela, 14-Javier Hernández, 15-Héctor Moreno, 16-Héctor Herrera, 17-Jesús Manuel Corona, 18-Andrés Guardado (3-Carlos Salcedo, 28)
Subs: 1-Jesús Corona13-Guillermo Ochoa20-Jesús Dueñas22-Orbelín Pineda, 8-Marco Fabián9-Raúl Jiménez, 19-Oribe Peralta, 6-Jonathan dos Santos, 23-Hirving Lozano, 21-Oswaldo Alanís
Head coach: Juan Carlos Osorio

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 9 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 18 / 13
Offside: 1 / 4
Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Diego Reyes (caution)                      10th minute
USA – John Brooks (caution)                       15
USA – Timmy Chandler (caution)                 44  
MEX – Héctor Herrera (caution)                   58
MEX – Carlos Vela (caution)                        64
USA – Matt Besler (caution)                         68
MEX – Miguel Layún (caution)                     70
MEX – Carlos Salcedo (caution)                  76
MEX – Carlos Salcedo (caution)                   90+3
MEX – Carlos Salcedo (ejection)                  90+3
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