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US Gains 0-0 Draw At Mexico, in Strong Position to Qualify

United States' Christian Pulisic, left, and Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa grimace on the ground following a clash during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
United States' Christian Pulisic, left, and Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa grimace on the ground following a clash during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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Mexico City (AP) -- Christian Pulisic pounded the ground three times just past Mexico's goal line after his point-blank shot was blocked in the 35th minute.

The United States was frustrated yet pleased with a gritty 0-0 draw on Thursday night in the thin air of a half-full Estadio Azteca. The point earned pushed the Americans in place to all but clinch a World Cup berth with a victory against Panama on Sunday night at Orlando, Florida.