Mexico vs. USA: Breaking Down Biggest Moments in Memorable Draw for USMNT

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 27, 2013

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 26:  Javier Hernandez (#14) of Mexico fights for the ball with Hercules Gomez (#9) of the United States during a match between Mexico and US as part of FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at The Azteca stadium on March 26, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/Getty Images)
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The United States earned a huge 0-0 draw against Mexico on Tuesday night—one of the more memorable performances for the USMNT in recent years.

Having never won away to Mexico in a World Cup qualifier before and only winning one point from their last 14 qualifying matches, Jurgen Klinsmann's side will be ecstatic with the point gained from their difficult away trip and the strong position it places them in to qualify for the World Cup.

Yet, whilst this match will be seen as a stepping stone to Brazil and 2014, the reality is that the game itself wasn't without it's big moments and turning points. 

What were the biggest moments in this thrilling draw? Read on and find out.


29'—Javier Hernandez Comes Close

With few attacking chances for either side in the first half, the opportunity afforded to Javier Hernandez after 29 minutes was definitely a big turning point in this one.

The Manchester United striker was able to get himself on the end of a cross whipped in from the left, but under great pressure from Brad Guzan and several United States defenders, his effort simply sailed over the crossbar from close range.

It might have seemed like an opportune chance for the home side, but replays clearly showed that Hernandez was there first to the ball. And given the rich form that he's been in for the Red Devils this season, the goal-poacher could have done a lot better with that one. 


75'—Maurice Edu Catches a Break

You'd be hard pressed to find a United States fan, a Mexican or even just a casual observer of soccer who didn't think that the USMNT didn't get incredibly lucky on the 75th-minute mark.

Javier Aquino found himself in space inside the United States' box and got his shot away—only to have defender Maurice Edu crash into him from behind in a gallant attempt to block his shot.

Whilst the attacker was able to get his shot off, Edu clearly caught him on the back of his leg and should have been awarded a penalty. However, the referee did not feel the same way, and Mexico's penalty shouts were denied—something that infuriated the Mexican players.

Mexico should have had a penalty here, and whilst there's no guarantees they would have scored, it still would have been the best chance on the night to break the deadlock—something that ultimately proved to be the difference between the two teams on the night.


88'—Hernandez Misfires Again

With Mexico pressing late for their winning goal and the United States desperately hanging on, Hernandez was found left wanting again in front of goal just before this game finished.

And whilst it might not have seemed like a huge chance, the striker really should have finished this one and picked up all three points on the night.

After a cross from the left was floated over into the box, Hernandez headed the ball toward goal on the bounce—only to see it sail over the bar. And again, whilst it was a difficult chance for the Little Pea, he really should have converted the opportunity for the home side:

It would be the best chance Mexico would have to score on the night, but the striker was left wanting in front of goal again. That miss allowed the United States to survive on the night and put immense pressure on the rest of Mexico's World Cup qualifying campaign.

And that could well be the biggest moment of them all.


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