Bradley wondergoal helps US earn draw away versus Mexico

So as you look up into the stands and see everyone of all ages and backgrounds wearing red, white, and blue; some dressed as Uncle Sam or the fellow dressed as Teddy Goal-sevelt; know that you're helping us to come together for a while as Americans all cheering with one voice for those bearing the USMNT shield.

"I think we have the greatest respect for Mexico, its people, its football team", USA coach Bruce Arena said.

There were multiple instances where the referees made some questionable calls that went for Mexico, especially when a Mexican player put an elbow to the face of two U.S. players in a span of five minutes early on.

The nations are set to meet at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico as they look to confirm their place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. were slow tracking back, and should have stepped faster to help Beasley. Sometimes a point gained is actually worth far more. The Americans are coming off a comfortable 2-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago at home. "When we get our blend right in terms of football, physicality, athleticism, mobility, speed, mentality, spirit, when we get that right, there aren't too many teams in the world that are going to have easy days playing against us".

Even though Arena has raised the bar, the USA has more climbing to do.

And Christian Pulisic, the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder, proved once again he's the real deal with a pair of goals in a 10-minute span.

Bradley put the US ahead in the sixth minute when he deflected a poor backpass by Mexican star Javier Hernandez and created his own breakaway. That playoff would be against a qualifying team from Asia, which at this point in the tournament would either be Australia or Uzbekistan.

"It's going to be a tough one down there definitely but we really want revenge on them for when they got us earlier in the campaign", Pulisic said, referring to the last-gasp 2-1 loss in Columbus.

"We'll take our point".

The U.S. used a late goal from Michael Orozco to earn a 1-0 friendly win on August 15, 2012 - the team's first away win in Mexico. Michael Bradley scored on a 35 yard chipped goal in the 6th minute, but the lead lasted until just the 23rd minute, when Carlos Vela scored on a well placed shot.

Getting any kind of positive result here is no simple task. It was heard during last season's Texans-Raiders NFL game in Mexico City. More than 81,000 fans attended Sunday's rivalry matchup.

Arena does not lack for tactical nous, but his best attributes lay in an ability to conjure persistence and willpower from his group.

It was a wild second half that saw Mexico with more chances, with each hitting the frame of the goal.

"Mexico does an unbelievable job in their spacing", Arena said. I'm proud of the result. "I am a little greedy, I wanted all three points". That took guts from Arena. The U.S. got points from 0-0 qualifiers in 1997 and 2013, and Mexico also was held to 0-0 ties at home in 2013 by Jamaica and Costa Rica. That scenario though, need not and will not induce panic in the coach or his charges.

Returning to Mexico City seven years later, Roy was part of the patchwork U.S. side that had gained only one point from its home-and-away set of qualifiers against Canada weeks earlier, though the striker was in form, having tallied in both matches.

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