Dos a Cero: U.S. dominates Mexico again
U.S. men's national soccer team takes regional lead in World Cup qualifying
The U.S. men’s national soccer team added a new meaning to the old “Dos a Cero” line against Mexico. U.S. fans can add a three or even a five to that famous chant.
The Americans have now won their last three matches against their fiercest rivals. The U.S. men’s national team beat Mexico 2-0 at TQL Stadium to go atop the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table. If it wasn’t a thorough domination Friday night, it was close.
The two CONCACAF giants played exciting, attacking soccer. As to be expected, the tension mounted and hard fouls followed as the clock ticked closer to 90 minutes. The match was thrilling from the first minute until the final whistle.
More U.S. Soccer, Mexico
Ultimately, the U.S. men’s national team proved to be the best in the region. Again. Some surely doubted the U.S. superiority after they beat El Tri in the Nations League final in June. Others still doubted after the Gold Cup final in August.
You surely cannot doubt the Americans now.
The U.S. and Mexico sit atop the CONCACAF Octagonal Standings with 14 points each. The Americans lead in goal differential.
U.S. national soccer team owns Ohio
The intimate sellout crowd of 26,000 in Cincinnati saw what the U.S. has grown accustomed to delivering in Ohio against Mexico – a Dos a Cero score. For those of you new to soccer, the Mexico-U.S. rivalry or the Spanish language, “Dos a Cero” means 2-0.
The U.S. has now defeated Mexico 2-0 in five World Cup qualifiers played between the two teams in Ohio.
Captain America Christian Pulisic came off the bench and scored on a beautiful header to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 74th minute.
Tim Weah set up that goal after receiving Yunus Musah pass on the right wing. He juked his way down the right wing and sent a cross to Pulisic, who beat his defender at the six-yard box and headed the ball past Mexican goalkeeper Memo Ochoa.
Dos a Cero times five
Weston McKennie capped the Dos a Cero scoreline with his goal in the 85th minute.
The U.S. men’s national team had never beaten Mexico three times in one calendar year, much less three in a row in a year. Moreover, the U.S. is 5-1-1 in home World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico since the 1998 World Cup cycle.
All five of those U.S. victories were won in Ohio with a 2-0 score.
There’s no doubt now that the U.S. is the superior team in CONCACAF, and Mexico must ask serious questions about coach Tata Martino.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is in good position to return to the World Cup after a disappointing failure to reach the last one.
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