US Scores First-Ever Soccer Win in Mexico

Men's team makes history with 1-0 win in Mexico City
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2012 12:19 AM CDT
US Scores First-Ever Soccer Win in Mexico
Mexico's Jorge Torres, back, challenges the USA's Danny Williams during the friendly in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

(Newser) – The US men's soccer team stunned Mexico Wednesday night by beating them on their home turf for the first time. Going into the game at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, one of the game's most intimidating and highest-altitude arenas, America's record against Mexico in 75 years of games was 23 losses, one tie, and zero wins. The Americans were dominated by Mexico for most of the game but won the friendly 1-0 with a late goal from Michael Orozco Fiscal, the AP reports. Mexico scrambled to get back in the game but were defeated by a pair of remarkable saves from goalkeeper Tim Howard.

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"The goal was for the US fans and the whole US. We made history," said Orosco Fizcal, a defender from Orange, California. "It's important to us to understand that we can compete with big teams at their stadiums," US coach Jurgen Klinsmann told Sports Illustrated. "With Azteca it's like when you play at Wembley in England or the Stade de France or in Berlin. Those are very special locations, and I want the players to appreciate that. I want the players to understand and take it all in, because you never know if you'll get another occasion like that. We told the players: You have nothing to lose here. Give it all you have." The team is back in action for a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica next month. (Read more soccer stories.)

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