Well, the United States may not have had much expectation of getting a result Wednesday, but the reverse psychology evidently worked, as they defeated Mexico 1-0 for their first-ever win in the Estadio Azteca. Most of the match was a snoozefest, as Mexico camped out with the ball in the American half but couldn't convert any chances, while the U.S. defended but hardly got into Mexico's box all night. Still, their gameplan worked perfectly, as they absorbed the pressure and were somewhat fortunate to catch Mexico in indifferent form, it must be said.
They also converted their only real chance of the game, as three substitutes powered the U.S. to the game's only goal.
made a run at Mexico defender Severo Meza and shook him easily, then made a centering pass from the end line to
, who was facing away from goal and could not get the shot off. Instead of trying to turn in a tight space, however, Boyd sent a backheel flick to the far post, where defender Michael Orozco Fiscal was waiting, and he directed the ball in the back of the net. After that goal in the ...