The United States defeated Mexico at the Azteca stadium for the first time with a goal from Michael Orozco during an exhibition match on Wednesday.
Mexico had the most opportunities in the first half, but they were unable to capitalize. The remained at a relatively slow tempo, with neither side doing too much to cause danger.
During halftime there was a small homage to the Mexican Olympic medalists although the entire U-23 team was not present.
Things slightly picked up in the second half. The United States looked more dangerous and it finally paid off.
In the 79th minute Michael Orozco scored for the United States. Severo Meza lost the ball as the US moved in on the defense and after a scramble in the box Orozco simply had to push it in for the 1-0 lead.
Mexico realized that the hallowed record at the Azteca was in danger and stepped their game up to try for the equalizer.
Chicharito had a few opportunities in the closing moments of the game, but Tim Howard made two excellent fingertip saves that denied Mexico and equalizer.
Mexico: Ochoa, Maza, Meza, Viniegra, Barrera, Reyna, Chicharito, Moreno, Zavala, Guardado, Torres Nilo.
USA:Howard, Beckerman, Williams, Maurice, Gomez, Donovan, Jones, Castillo, Johnson, Cameron, Torres.
Unfortunately Mexico lost their record at the Azteca, but it’s nothing of serious note. It was simply a friendly and both teams were being cautious with the opening of European leagues coming up. It’d also be easy to make excuses to make up for the loss, but the US deserves some credit. They didn’t play a very exciting game, but they managed to make whatever opportunities they receive count. When the game is entered in the record books it won’t notes saying that Chicharito had two very close opportunities, that Mexico had more opportunities. It will say that Michael Orozco scored the only goal of the game.
Mexico have some time to sort their problems. They next face Costa Rica on September 7(away) and September 11(home) for World Cup qualifiers.