Wednesday, February 11, 2009

US-Mexico Countdown: No. 2

2. 1998 World Cup qualifier; Mexico City, Nov. 2, 1997: US 0, Mexico 0. The United States entered this game desperately needing a point to try and boost their chances of reaching France 98. Mexico, meanwhile, seemed certain to beat the Americans once again on Mexican soil. History was on Mexico's side as the United States had never even managed a draw from a game in Mexico, let alone any level of success in Estadio Azteca. Although the Americans weathered an early storm, Mexico received a boost when Jeff Agoos was given a red card in the first half. Mexico had more than 50 minutes to pile on the goals, except they ultimately could not score one. American goalkeeper Brad Friedel and a determined American squad shut Mexico out in Azteca, which remains as its best-ever result there.

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