Mexico 1, U.S. 1

The U.S. national soccer team has been coming to Mexico for World Cup qualifiers since the 1940s, mustering a few draws and a tall stack of defeats.

The U.S. Men's National Team meets Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico, on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (6/11/17).

Mexico has lost to the United States just once in 23 meetings in the capital city and is 5-0-3 against the Americans in qualifiers at famed Azteca.

Taylor Twellman and the FC crew break down what stood out to them from Bruce Arena's unusual US lineup at Mexico. It's quite a contrast to the frustration and futility at the end of Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching reign last November.

Brazil won its third World Cup in Azteca in 1970, a 4-1 win over Italy in which Pele scored on a header and the final goal by defender Carlos Alberto has been hailed as one of the greatest in World Cup history, a nine-player buildup leading to Pele, who rolled the ball into Carlos Alberto's path for the emphatic finish. "We certainly benefited from the things we did over the last two weeks". "I like that", USA goalkeeper Tim Howard said.

When the triple whistles blew to signal the end of the match, the USA side was visibly (and deservedly) thrilled with the result. The rebound in qualifying under the witty and sarcastic Arena began with a 6-0 home win over Honduras and a 1-1 tie at Panama.

"I'm not going to compare the current situation to any previous situations. We want to make sure we continue this momentum". "I am a little greedy, I wanted all three points".

"Obviously when you're on the field and in camp and the team starts to believe even before they've played a game that they're capable of playing better and of winning, that helps".

The game Sunday is at the famed Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

A resolute USA team Sunday night pulled off a rare feat in one of the most inhospitable and intimidating soccer stadiums in the world. "The commitment and the mentality from every guy was really, really good and hopefully we can keep moving this team forward".

Though the United States didn't have a bunch of numbers forward, the counter attack was on, with Chicharito corralling the throw from Ochoa. Arena started Brad Guzan in goal in place of Tim Howard. Bradley was key in the midfield slowing down the Mexico midfield.

"I haven't spent a whole lot of time examining what happened in the past".

Arena said he noticed that Sunday as well. "We knew that at certain moments, Chicharito was looking to come to the ball". To acclimate to the altitude of Mexico City, the US played its first game in Sandy, Utah (4,449 feet), moved on to Commerce City, Colorado (5,146 feet), before moving onto the Azteca at 7,200 feet up.

Not only did they earn a point in a place that has been a notoriously hard venue for visitors, but they remained unbeaten on the year, took another big step up the qualifying ladder and positioned themselves to win a spot in an eighth consecutive World Cup when the CONCACAF tournament resumes in September.

In glancing at the Hexagonal table, Mexico are a lock to reach Russian Federation with Costa Rica a close second, assuming the Ticos handle their business on Tuesday at home against Trinidad and Tobago.

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