Friday, January 23, 2009

US-Mexico countdown: No. 20

In case you missed Thursday's post, I'm running a countdown of the Top 21 moments in the US-Mexico rivalry. Skip down a couple posts and you'll find it.

Anyway, on to Number 20.

20. International friendly; Dallas; April 28, 2004: US 1, Mexico 0. Ricardo Lavolpe finally got the same bitter taste of defeat that predecessors Javier Aguirre, Enrique Meza and Manuel Lapuente felt as the U.S. handed the fiery Argentine his first loss in the rivalry. The match was a pulsating and exhilarating affair but did not feature a goal for 90 minutes plus a pair of stoppage-time minutes. Played before 45,048 fans at the Cotton Bowl, the game nearly finished scoreless until Eddie Pope scored at the death. In the third minute of stoppage time, Taylor Twellman rose above the Mexican defense and headed a shot on goal. The ball fell to Pope, who easily slotted a shot into the back of the net.

Lineups
United States: Jonny Walker; Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Pope (captain), Pablo Mastroeni, Bobby Convey; Chris Armas, Kerry Zavagnin, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley; Josh Wolff (Taylor Twellman 66), Conor Casey (Jovan Kirovski 84).

Mexico: Oswaldo Sanchez; Duilio Davino, Francisco Rodriguez, Ricardo Osorio, Diego Martinez; Pavel Pardo (Israel Lopez 46), Luis Perez, Octavio Valdez (Emilio Mora 67), Hector Altamirano (Mario Perez 61); Jared Borgetti (Omar Briceno 80), Omar Bravo.

Goal
US - Pope 90+

3 comments:

Joel Aceves said...

I do not think that Lapuente, in his second stint with the MNT, ever lost to the U.S Nads..

Stephen said...

i was fortunate enough to be in attendance that day. a thrill for all the usa fans in attendance. also - an absolutely great memory for my wife and i. :)

i am pleasantly surprised to see it made your list.

thanks for the great blog.

Anonymous said...

Who will you be routing for Luis?