The Stars and Stripes Kick Their Way to Victory!

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The Stars and Stripes Kick Their Way to Victory!

US -VS- Mexico

US -VS- Mexico

US -VS- Mexico

US -VS- Mexico

John Cañamar, Sports Editor

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San Antonio – At 8:00 Mexico started the soccer match against the U.S. after protesting the condition of the field a day before. Although this is classified as a friendly match since neither team will gain any points or ground in the World Cup qualifying standings, the crowd inside of the Alamodome was at maximum capacity and standing while yelling with enthusiasm for their team.

The pace was rapid from the start of the game with both teams moving the ball back and forth with little resistance from the opposition. The men of the Stars and Stripes made their first attack at the 3:30 mark where they were able to penetrate the ball deep into the 18-yard box but found themselves up against the Mexican defense that did not allow any further developments.

Once El Tri recuperated the ball, they went screaming down the field on their own attack also carrying the ball into the penalty box just to be stopped by the American defensemen.

For the following 15 minutes, the Stars and Stripes were in control with attacks that kept El Tri on their heels. The US was able to carry out four strong offensive outbreaks coming in the 8:00, 12:30, 15:50 and 16:40 mark including two corner kicks. Mexico was bending but did not break and withstood all that the US was firing at them.

It was then Mexico’s turn to go on the offensive driving into the US zone with attempts at a goal at the 21:15 and 22:00 minute marks but coming up empty both times. The following five minutes were more like a tennis match than a soccer match with the ball just going back and forth between both teams.

Mexico was given a gift when the US miss played a pass and gave away a corner kick that El Tri was unable to maximize the opportunity.

After escaping without harm the Stars and Stripes once again kept playing with the ball while slipping on the field until they were able to create a breakaway that Jordan Morris simply out ran everyone on the pitch.

Mexico earned a second corner kick at the 32:00 once again not able to cash in on the opportunity. El Tri was able to control the ball in the US side of the half although they did not mount any type of pressure.

The Americans stole the ball and went flying down the field creating their most dangerous play of the half. Mexico came right back penetrating deep into the box striking a ball that miss just right of the goal hitting the outside of the net sending the fans into a false cheer.

Mexico earned one more corner kicks that ended just like the first two in that the US defensemen played it brilliantly and neutralized the treat.

The half ended in a nil all tie even with the multiple approaches made by both teams.

USA forward Juan Agudelo (17) celebrates a goal with teammates Mix Diskerud (10) and DeAndre Yedlin during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Mexico, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in San Antonio. United States won 2-0.

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USA forward Juan Agudelo (17) celebrates a goal with teammates Mix Diskerud (10) and DeAndre Yedlin during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Mexico, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in San Antonio. United States won 2-0.

The Stars and Stripes came out of the half on fire pushing the ball at a high pace putting the Mexican defense on their heels. With their third attempt in the young second half Morris kicked a ball that found its way under Cirilo Saucedo’s left leg and into the back of the net.

Mexico seemed to gain strength and speed with the American goal and went on the attack for the following twenty minutes with shot after shot at the American goal. Their best look at a goal came in the 57th minute, which was tipped off of a defensive man’s leg straight into the American goalie Yardough’s hands.

US had a corner kick in the 63rd minute that was controlled by Mexico who was able to move the ball all the way down to the 6-yard box crossing the ball causing an advantage that they did not capitalize on for it went a bit high.

At 71:46 Juan Agudelo of the Stars and Stripes let go of a laser shot from 19 yards away that went in between three of Mexico’s defense men and through the hands of Saucedo’s scoring the second goal.

With this amazing shot the wind was ripped from El Tri’s players who did not mount another attack in the game. The American’s continued to push forward looking for a third score that they were within an inch from in the 78th minute off of a corner kick that skirted the goal line on heir final corner kick.

The final score was US 2, Mexico 0.