The U.S. men’s soccer team got its first victory in Mexico in 25 games spanning 75 years, winning 1-0 on an 80th-minute goal by Michael Orozco Fiscal.
The U.S. had been 0-23-1 all-time in Mexico before yesterday’s international exhibition victory at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
“It’s huge for all American fans and it’s huge for the team,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in comments distributed by the U.S. Soccer Federation. “It’s historic. We were well aware we’ve never won here at Azteca, and this is an amazing experience for all the players.”
Orozco Fiscal, who plays his club ball with San Luis in Mexico, made his first appearance for the U.S. team since October 2011 and tallied his first international goal. Mexico outshot the U.S. 15-6 and held a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks, yet the American team held on for the win as goaltender Tim Howard made two diving saves in the final 10 minutes.
“Eventually, you need a little bit of luck, and in some instances we were a little bit lucky, and we had Tim Howard in our goal,” Klinsmann said. “It was difficult at high altitude and many of them flew in from Europe two days ago, but we had a plan and we tried to execute that plan. Getting that win here is quite enjoyable.”
The victory comes ahead of the U.S. team’s World Cup qualifying games against Jamaica on Sept. 7 in Kingston and Sept. 11 in Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. and Jamaica both have a 1-0-1 record in qualifying.