Men’s 2018 World Cup Qualifying Mexico vs. USA


By Camila Angeles

On November 11, the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) played Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. The Mexican National Team has lost against the US in 2001, 2005, 2009, and in 2013 all ending with 2-0 shutouts. Because of these wins against Mexico, US fans created the chant “Dos a Cero” (Two to Zero). But this year, there was a different fortune in Columbus.

For some reason the head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, decided to change the formation to 3-5-2 (3 defenders, 5 midfielders, 2 strikers) in the biggest World Cup qualifier of the year. But after Miguel Layun scored in the 20th minute, the US went back to their usual 4-4-2 lineup. Early in the second half, Bobby Wood helped get the US back on track by scoring a goal and tying the game. It was a tough game and there were many chances for goals for both teams.

In the 89th minute, Mexico got a corner kick that cost the US the game. 37 year old Rafa Marquez was wide open, and GOAL! Marquez did it! Many people are considering Marquez as a hero. Although many fans were left heartbroken, this is the first time the Mexican team has won against the US for the World Cup qualifying in 15 years.

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