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.
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).
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
- 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.
Date: Nov. 11, 2016
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – Qualifier
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Weather: 48 degrees; Partly cloudy
USA 0 1 1
MEX 1 1 2
USA – Bobby Wood (Jozy Altidore) 49
MEX – Rafael Márquez (Miguel Layún) 89
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
Subs: 1-Jesús Corona, 13-Guillermo Ochoa, 20-Jesús Dueñas, 22-Orbelín Pineda, 8-Marco Fabián, 9-Raúl Jiménez, 19-Oribe Peralta, 6-Jonathan dos Santos, 23-Hirving Lozano, 21-Oswaldo Alanís
Head coach: Juan Carlos Osorio
Shots: 9 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 18 / 13
Offside: 1 / 4
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