Goals from Jimmy Conrad and Landon Donovan both coming in the second half gave the United States a 2-0 victory over Mexico in front of a pro-Mexican crowd of 62,000 fans. On a night where Mexico created more chances it was once again the timeliness and the character of the younger U.S. squad that proved a difference.
After bold predictions from head coach Hugo Sanchez of Mexico in his debut he will gain huge criticism in the Mexican press.
The United States goes to 7-0-1 on U.S soil since 2000 and Mexico has not scored a goal in the U.S. since 1999 which is remarkable.
The U.S. got a timely goal from an unmarked Jimmy Conrad in the 51st minute and a late Landon Donovan goal after he drew Oswaldo Sanchez out of goal and hit an empty net.
Notable performances came from Carlos Bocanegra and Jimmy Conrad in central defense, Ricardo Clarke and Pablo Maestroeni in central midfield, Tim Howard in goal. Landon Donovan and Bobby Convey produced more in the second half from an attacking standpoint while Jonathan Bornstein, Clark and Chris Rolfe gained valuable experience.
Mexico clearly are psychologically at wits end against the United States and still struggles with the aggressive style that the U.S. presents. The United States knows the tempo has to be upbeat and agressive to beat Mexico and set pieces still tends to provide the difference in these encounters.
It is again a humiliating loss for Mexico whose best performance came from Andres Guardado who was a huge problem for the U.S. down the left side.
Their Euro based players like Rafa Marquez and Carlos Salcido looked rather ordinary and did not provide Hugo Sanchez the difference he hoped.
Heart, mentality, composure all continue to be a big part of the edge that the U.S. has over Mexico.
It was very disapointing to see the Mexican national team leave the field without shaking hands with the United States players.
Mexico unlike the U.S. has not figured out how to use the rivalry as a way of making their team better.
The old guard of Blanco and company need to be put out to pasture. Mexico still has not learned how to get out of their ego and grow from this rivalry.
Same old song and dance from the ‘Tricolore’.