The United States lost 2-1 to Mexico last night in Columbus, Ohio in the first game of a 10 game qualifying campaign with the visitors winning for the first time on US soil with an 89th minute winner from Rafael Marquez.
That was the first competitive loss on home soil for the US in 15 years.
Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin came on as a sub for the final 16 minutes of the game in place of Timothy Chandler.
Tim Howard after game – not too happy
Howard was injured during game and replaced by Brad Guzan
The match was a frantic one with 9 yellow cards being handed out and a red card to Mexico’s Carlos Salcedo four minutes into stoppage time as the US frantically looked for the equalizer.
Mexico were well on top in the first half and deservedly went ahead after 20 minutes when Miguel Layun hit a low deflected shot into the lower right corner past Tim Howard.
That was the first goal scored by Mexico in 380 minutes against the Mexicans at the Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.
The US equalized in the 49th minute when Bobby Wood beat two defenders and goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera from six yards out before Marquez got the dramatic late winner.
This is what Jurgen Klinsmann said after the game:
“I think Mexico had the better part in the first half,” “Second half was outstanding.”
“The only thing that was missing was a couple of goals. Right at the end it went their way, but it was very intense, exciting, a really good quality battle.”
“It now puts us a bit on our toes going down to Costa Rica and going there for three points.”
“We’ve got to go down there and get a result. I told them we’ll correct it in Costa Rica,”
“It gives us a sense of anger, a sense of urgency.”
Next up is that game against Costa Rica next Tuesday which as Klinsmann says – the US will need to win to get back on track.