Tonight's victory capped off a pretty successful two-game friendly stretch for the USMNT. They found out a little bit more about where exactly they’ll be heading in the next couple of years. The one question is, who’ll be managing the team going forward.... but that’s a question for another day. Let’s get back to tonight’s game.
After what was a lackluster first half, the USMNT started to find a new gear in the second half. In the first half, they could not create anything going forward, but they did not break after all the pressure from El Tri.
What changed the game was a 56th minute substitution which saw Antonee Robinson come in at left back for Eric Lichaj. But, before he could make his impact, tempers flared after center back Matt Miazga was unimpressed with Mexico’s Diego Lainez causing a scrum.
MATT MIAZGA LOVES US SHOWED IT BY PROVIDING THE GOOCH STARE DOWN FOR THIS GENERATION pic.twitter.com/bHcMTFrNPu— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) September 12, 2018
Shorthly after that altercation, Mexico’s Angel Zaldivar received a red card for a reckless tackle on Will Trapp in the 67th minute. Mexico was looking to retaliate as the game was getting chippy.
With the numbers advantage, the USMNT were able to make their mark through substitute Robinson who stormed down the left flank and served a juicy ball into the box for anyone to run onto. Luckily for the USMNT Tyler Adams was there to finish the play after he made a 35 yard run into the box. The 19 year old Adams scored his first international goal and it was a big one.
This result is impressive because it shows us that the USMNT will find a way to win. It was not the prettiest game and it was not the best game, but in the end, they scored the goal. This tells you this team does not quit and they are hungry to win.
Going forward, the next time the USMNT will be in action will be in October when they face Colombia in Tampa.