USA v Mexico: World Cup 2022 qualifier – live! – The Guardian
10.54pm EST 22:54
85 min: Weah crosses to the far post for McKennie, giving the USA some activity in the box.
10.53pm EST 22:53
83 min: Mori for Alvarez will be the third Mexican substitution.
Meanwhile, Mexico is getting a bit more possession, as one might expect when a team suddenly finds itself behind, and Steffen has to come out to punch clear on a free kick. Then he smothers a promising cross.
79 min: Herrera drives the ball through traffic, but Steffen gathers easily.
Tata Martino, having seen what can be accomplished through substitution, starts to consider making one of his own.
10.44pm EST 22:44
GOAL! USA 1-0 Mexico (Pulisic 74)
Pulisic provides the finishing touch with a close-range header a couple of minutes after coming on the field, but it’s that man again, Timothy Weah, beating two men on the flank and putting that cross right where it needs to be.
The breakthrough at last.
10.40pm EST 22:40
70 min: So to sum up — Mexico should be playing with 10 men now, and Christian Pulisic is in.
Naturally, Mexico gets its first spell of possession in the US half in the last 20 minutes or so.
10.39pm EST 22:39
68 min: Aaronson tries to take a free kick quickly and finds himself the victim of some MMA-style ground-and-pound. Both teams are mad. Both cards remained pocketed.
Oops … spoke too soon. It’s a yellow for Zack Steffen, who walked all the way up the field to argue, another for Weston McKennie, who’ll be suspended for the next game, and another for Luis Rodriguez, who poked Aaronson in the eye and probably would’ve earned sterner punishment if we had VAR.
Yes. I said it. We need VAR.
Aaronson was already slated to exit in favor of … Christian Pulisic.
10.35pm EST 22:35
65 min: That’s MY throw-in! MINE! A dispute over which team has the right to toss the ball back into play yields some shoving.
I forget — are soccer teams allowed to make substitutions?
(I’m kidding. I’m not Gregg Berhalter.)
10.34pm EST 22:34
64 min: The biggest difference between halves isn’t so much the dazzling US attack but the fact that Mexico has done nothing to trouble the US back line.
10.31pm EST 22:31
61 min: The crowd doesn’t like Ochoa, whose tenure in this rivalry dates back to the Bush administration, and he seems to revel in it, taking his time to play the ball forward while the US attackers decide to ease up on the pressure for a moment.
10.29pm EST 22:29
59 min: Yellow card. Remember a few minutes ago when I said I’ve been saying “Antonee Robinson” instead of just “Robinson” because the USA also features Miles Robinson? Miles has had a quiet game, which is often a good sign for a center back, but a hockey-style check at midfield earns him a yellow.
10.27pm EST 22:27
58 min: Aaronson streaks through the box but only makes partial contact on a short cross from, you guessed it, Weah.
10.27pm EST 22:27
Elsewhere in Concacaf, Canada has taken a 1-0 lead over Costa Rica, increasing the likelihood that the USA will slip to third tonight, and it could be a tie for third thanks to Panama’s heroics:
10.24pm EST 22:24
54 min: Weah, who is displacing Steffen as the USA’s man of the match, hits a long shot that’s deflected to Pepi, who can’t quite get solid contact.
The first 10 minutes here have been fantastic for the Americans.
10.22pm EST 22:22
51 min: Raul Jimenez attempts some high-speed chiropractic work on Tyler Adams’ back. The US captain takes a while to get back up. Jimenez comes over for a half-hug to apologize. We resume with a Mexican free kick.I’ve seen youth soccer referees forget which way the game was restarting after a
10.19pm EST 22:19
49 min: CHANCE for the USA! No surprise — Weah is the one who set it up, dropping a ball back to the onrushing McKennie, who tries to drill the ball straight through Ochoa. The veteran keeper knocks it away for a corner.
Unfortunately, US corners have not looked inviting on this occasion.
10.17pm EST 22:17
47 min: Weah continues to be industrious, involving himself in two consecutive semi-promising attacks.
Antonee Robinson (we keep saying Antonee because there’s also a Miles Robinson on the team) has a shot at an acute angle that’s blocked.
10.14pm EST 22:14
Theatrics. Through qualifying thus far, the USA has scored one goal in the first half and eight in the second.
Also, the latter part of halftime took place in partial darkness that we’ll assume was intentional.
Still chilly. Rain resumed. Kickoff.
10.00pm EST 22:00
Halftime: USA 0-0 Mexico
The optimist’s way of looking at it from a USA point of view: The attackers are making life difficult for the Mexican defense, and Christian Pulisic may yet be riding in with the second wave.
The pessimist’s view: Yeah, all that possession and pressure is cool, but does this team have the grit and savvy to cope with Mexico’s counterattack?
The minute-by-minute commentator’s view: What’s in the kitchen?
9.57pm EST 21:57
45 min +1: Yellow card to Luis Romo for an unnecessary clip of McKennie’s heels at the center line.
9.56pm EST 21:56
44 min: Nifty attack, no dangerous shot. Aaronson collapses theatrically in the box and pops up looking for a penalty that was never going to be called.
9.54pm EST 21:54
41 min: Nifty attack, no dangerous shot. Nifty attack, no dangerous shot. Repeat. The last went to Antonee Robinson, who is filling in for Dest very nicely — lively in the attack, less than solid on defense. I’m waiting for someone to start calling the Barcelona man “Est” because he has no D.
And … Panama just took the lead.
Free kick to Mexico, cleared easily. Taylor Twellman, the ESPN commentator, thinks it’s a strange decision to hit the outswinging cross rather than an inswinger that could veer in toward goal, and he’s not wrong.
9.51pm EST 21:51
Meanwhile, Honduras leads Panama 2-0 … oh, wait, it’s 2-2. Wow. That was fast. Panama is far from a traditional power in Concacaf, but they might just hang around in contention long enough to make the Big Two (plus the newly invigorated Canada) nervous.
9.49pm EST 21:49
38 min: Musah falls near the top of the arc. Unfortunately, he wasn’t fouled.
Robinson follows with a terrific cross to Pepi in the middle of the box. He lays it off to Musah, who fires his shot over the bar.
9.47pm EST 21:47
35 min: Musah slices through the Mexican defense several times, as if making the mark of Zorro, but he has no help.
Fun players to watch, these young Americans. They just leave themselves more exposed than a hermit crab between shells.
9.45pm EST 21:45
33 min: Weah has been an attacking spark, and he wins a corner with a quick move on the right. The USA retains possession until it doesn’t.
9.43pm EST 21:43
30 min: CHANCE for Mexico. US attackers press and press, and it looks promising until Mexico pops it forward with a couple of clean passes. Lozano plays a long diagonal ball to Corona, who has a step on Robinson but can’t finish.
I think the word I’m seeking for the US approach thus far is “naive.”
9.40pm EST 21:40
29 min: Can’t shake the feeling here that the USA has the better of possession but Mexico still looks more likely to score.
Corner to the USA, taken quickly and short and pointlessly.
9.38pm EST 21:38
25 min: Antonee Robinson has turned into a bit of a pest for the Mexican defense. His cross here is cleared, but Mexico has to devote a lot of resources to get out of danger.
9.30pm EST 21:30
19 min: CHANCE FOR MEXICO on the counter, with Steffen diving to his left to stop a near-breakaway. That’s the second time Mexico has sprung an attacker into space with just one US defender keeping him company.
Remember when the USA was the counterattacking team in this rivalry?
9.29pm EST 21:29
17 min: Corona takes out McKennie, and it’s a 40-plus-yard free kick for the USA. That’s headed clear, but the ball pings around and eventually falls to Aaronson for an easily saved shot.
Not quite sure what Dunny means here, but Mexico is indeed having trouble playing out of the back, like an Under-12 team under strict orders to do so for the sake of development even if it hurts the result.
9.24pm EST 21:24
11 min: SHOT for Mexico’s Alvarez from the top of the box, and it requires a diving save from Steffen, who couldn’t be sure whether it was going wide. The sequence started with a bad pass in midfield. Zimmerman alertly stopped the counter, but Mexico kept possession as both teams raced into the fray.
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9.21pm EST 21:21
9 min: That free kick is headed wide by somewhere between one and three people.
9.20pm EST 21:20
8 min: Weah’s shot from 25 yards is perhaps a bit impetuous.
Antonee Robinson drives up the left flank, dives and picks up a free kick.
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9.19pm EST 21:19
7 min: Most of the action has been in the Mexican half, but Gallardo surges down the left side of the field and wins a corner. The ball is knocked out, and the rebound goes roughly 33 feet (10 meters) over the goal.
Mexican coach Tata Martino appears to be dressed for a polar expedition.
9.16pm EST 21:16
5 min: The USA is managing a good bit of possession here, and Pepi gets the first half-chance on an alert cross from Weah.
9.14pm EST 21:14
1 min: Antonee Robinson makes a promising run down the left before being tripped by an unseen force.
It’s a lively crowd. U.S. Soccer has made a point in this century of scheduling this game farther away from the border to ensure a good ratio of USA-to-Mexico fans, and it seems to have worked.
9.11pm EST 21:11
Is everyone enjoying the college football game featuring the startlingly high-ranked Cincinnati team?
Well, eventually, maybe you’ll get to see this game. (It’s available on ESPNews and ESPN’s various apps. And in Spanish on TUDN.)
9.09pm EST 21:09
Standings so far
The top three will make it to the World Cup. The fourth-place team has to go to a playoff.
It’ll be a lot easier when these two countries and Canada co-host the 2026 World Cup, by which time the field will have expanded to so many teams that we will be hoping to bring in countries from as-yet-undiscovered planets to round out the numbers.
Anyway, through six games out of 14:
14 Mexico 11 USA 10 Canada 8 Panama 6 Costa Rica 5 Jamaica 5 El Salvador 3 Honduras
So the USA could fall to third tonight with a loss/draw and a Canadian win over Costa Rica, but Panama seems unlikely to move ahead due to a five-goal margin in goal difference. Actually, upon checking the scores, it’s even less likely — Panama trails Honduras 1-0 at the half, a score that should make USA and Canada fans quite happy. For now.
8.55pm EST 20:55
The non-graphical version of the lineups …
Zack Steffen (Manchester City) in goal. Back line of Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville), Miles Robinson (Atlanta) and DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray). Captain Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig) is in midfield with Weston McKennie (Juventus) and Yunus Musah (Valencia). The frontline has Brendan Aaronson (RB Salzburg) and Tim Weah (Lille) alongside the newest, brightest light for the USA, Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), who has three goals in his first four appearances.
Guillermo Ochoa (Club America) in goal. Back line of Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Johan Vasquez (Genoa), Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul) and Luis Rodriguez (UANL Tigres). Midfield: Edson Alvarez (Ajax), Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid) and Luis Romo (Cruz Azul). Up front, it’s Jesus Corona (Porto), Raul Jimenez (Wolves) and Hirving Lozano (Napoli).
Mexico has a massive edge in experience. Most of the team has at least 50 caps. The notable exception is Vasquez, who’s getting his third.
8.38pm EST 20:38
If you’re English, you’ll love the weather. It’s chilly (about 43 degrees in American measurement and 6 degrees Celsius) in Cincinnati. And it’s raining.
8.19pm EST 20:19
Good evening to all of our readers in the Americas, and a good early morning to those watching out of curiosity in Europe.
This is a big one. USA-Mexico games are always hot tickets no matter what’s at stake, but this time around, everything is at stake.
That’s especially true for the USA, which beat Mexico twice this year to win the Concacaf Nations League and the Gold Cup but is still shaken by their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. A sputtering start in the new Octagonal (eight-team final round), with a 0-0 draw against El Salvador and a 1-1 home draw against Canada didn’t settle the nerves. A 4-1 win at Honduras calmed things a bit, but the October window had a 1-0 loss at Panama.
As it stands now, the USA are second in the group. But a loss tonight will cause national hand-wringing and social media outrage.
8.10pm EST 20:10
Beau will be here shortly. In the meantime, here is Cesar Hernandez’s preview of tonight’s match:
It began with a corner kick.
If you’re looking for a starting point for the US men’s national team’s failure to book a spot at the 2018 World Cup, there may be no better moment than a set-piece for Mexico on 11 November 2016.
After four consecutive 2-0 World Cup qualifying wins over Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, the US suddenly found themselves with an unfamiliar 1-1 scoreline against their old rivals at the Mapfre Stadium.
Then, in the 89th minute, that corner from Miguel Layún found the head of veteran defender Rafael Márquez, who perfectly redirected the ball into the back of the net. The crowd of 24,000 in Columbus were stunned as Mexico not only took a 2-1 lead, but also secured their first World Cup qualifying away win against the Americans since 1972.
The loss to Mexico foreshadowed a dismal run against Concacaf opponents and the US failed to make the World Cup for the first time since 1986.