Wednesday, December 8, 2021

How the USMNT beat Mexico & what to expect at Jamaica in World Cup qualifying

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The goal was a long time coming. The performance, both in this edition of the Concacaf World Cup qualifying Octagonal and in the Gregg Berhalter era, as well as in the aftermath of the disastrous loss in Couva four years ago, was longer.

But 74 minutes into Friday night’s 2-0 – yes, Dos a Cero is back – US men’s national team win over Mexico, Christian Pulisic read the play, got a step and rose up to meet Tim Weah’s cross. It was a goal the US had earned for executing on what was a clear blueprint for how they wanted to attack the visitors (more on that in a bit), and it was a goal they deserved for how they had bossed what most people still considered to be the region’s best team, no matter what happened in the Nations League or the Gold Cup this summer.

The US out-possessed Mexico up until the very end . . .

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