Bradley's stunning early goal helps US to 1-1 tie at Mexico

The United States men's national soccer team resumes 2018 World Cup qualifying Sunday night against the toughest opponent and venue in CONCACAF: Mexico at the Estadio Azteca.

Bradley scored a stunning goal as the U.S. held "Hexagonal" leaders and rivals Mexico to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Bradley put the United States ahead in the sixth minute when he deflected a poor backpass by Mexican star Javier Hernandez and created his own breakaway. In rare moments when the Americans did get the ball, they turned it over quickly on home run efforts to find a second goal.

Anticipating a pass in midfield, Bradley swooped in to dispossess, charged into the Mexico half and chipped a ideal shot over Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa after just five minutes.

But soon Mexico were rocked by a superb strike from Bradley which stunned the Azteca into silence.

Howard was in goal for the 2012 win, captaining the usa and making three saves.

Carlos Vela tied the score in the 23rd minute with a 23-yard shot that beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the near post, and Hector Herrera almost put El Tri ahead in the 71st with a 30-yard free kick that rebounded off the crossbar.

"The bad start in the hex meant that every point now is worth its weight in gold", Bradley said. Today we have Mexico and United States of America. After this, the victory over Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago followed, and in this interval there was a draw with Panama. The top three teams after 10 matches advance to next year's World Cup in Russian Federation, and the fourth-place team faces Asia's No. 5 nation in a playoff. Panama hosts Honduras in Panama City while Costa Rica plays Trinidad & Tobago in San Jose. The U.S. Men lost 2-1 at home.

Bradley, one of just four holdovers in the USA starting lineup from Thursday night's 2-0 home win over Trinidad, stunned the boisterous crowd of about 81,000.

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Hector Herrera very almost broke the deadlock with a laced free kick in the 71st minute.

Going into this month's qualifiers, the priority for the USA was to get all three points against Trinidad and Tobago - mission accomplished - knowing full well that US history against Mexico in the Estadio Azteca is poor.

"You kind of need to overwork in warmup, just kind of get your wind going, getting your lungs used to it", Acosta said. "Now we can move ourselves forward".

Fans booed and whistled "The Star-Spangled Banner," as usual when the Americans play in Mexico, and there was an occasional T-shirt disparaging U.S. President Donald Trump.

46th minute, 1-1: The second half is underway!

The parties are organized by various chapters of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the US men's and women's national soccer teams.

"And I think Bruce came in and has done a really good job of just little by little, making sure that we get back to who we are". Still, the US 11 was solid, if conservative, with a five-man back line.

To appreciate the USA's achievement, the Americans recorded a result here for only the third time in 12 qualifying tries (1-8-3) in the altitude and rarefied air Mexican capital since 1949.

"We tossed it around in our office with our coaches and they were probably not real supportive of the idea since they maybe don't have enough experience in that formation", Arena said.

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