United States vs. Mexico: Most memorable matches of all-time
Sep 10, 2013: United States qualify for the 2014 World Cup
In the 2013 World Cup qualifier, USA and Mexico faced each other in front of a sold-out crowd in Columbus. In what was at the time the most anticipated matchup of the Hexagonal, USA defeated Mexico 2-0 and qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Landon Donovan had an all-around outstanding performance, scoring a goal and assisting on another in what would be remembered as the infamous "Dos a Cero" match.
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Aug. 15, 2012: USA earn historic victory on Mexico soil
In 2012, the United States met Mexico in a friendly match at the Estadio Azteca. Prior the game, USA had played 24 games against El Tri on Mexican soil without a single win. This all changed, thanks to a goal from Michael Orozco Fiscal, who scored off of a backheel pass from Terrence Boyd, and the heroics of Tim Howard who made crucial late saves. USA miraculously grabbed its first win in front of a stunned crowd at Azteca Stadium.
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June 25, 2011: El Tri mount remarkable rally to defeat USA
After the USA had an extended spell of good fortune in the Gold Cup, their last two appearances in the final against Mexico have been far from pretty. After Mexico clobbered USA 5-0 in 2009, the United States lost again in 2011 4-2, but this match will be remembered much for for a rare outburst of innapropriate behavior from USA keeper Tim Howard. Howard took exception to the fact that the award ceremony was held in all Spanish, despite being played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and went on an expletive laden tirade, berating CONCACAF for their choice of language.
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June 24, 2007: Yanks claim third Gold Cup title
In 2007, the United States met Mexico again in the Gold Cup final. USA came into the 2007 tournament having won two of the last three Gold Cups (Mexico won the third), and as the defending champs. Mexico took the lead in the first half, but the US scored two quick goals in dramatic fashion in the second half and went on to win the match 2-1, claiming their third Gold Cup in four appearances.
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June 17, 2002: USA stun Mexico, advance to World Cup quarterfinals
The United States and Mexico had met plenty of times before, but quite possibly never on a stage as big as this. In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the two sides met in the Round of 16 knockout stage. Brian McBride set the tone ealry with a goal on the 8th minute and a young Landon Donovan sealed the deal with a goal of his own in the 65th minute. The USA advanced to the quarterfinals, the furthest they have ever advanced in the modern World Cup tournament.
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Aug. 1, 1999: Cuauhtémoc Blanco scores dramatic winner vs. USA
At the 1999 Confederation Cup, there was more USA-Mexico which means more drama as well. In the semifinal match in front of 91,000 screaming fans at the mighty Azteca, USA and Mexico played another scoreless 90, which meant the match would be decided by way of the golden goal. The winning goal was provided by Mexico's Cuauhtémoc Blanco in the 97th minute, which propelled Mexico to the final match against Brazil and eventually the 1999 Confederations Cup title.
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February 15, 1998: El Tri win third-straight Gold Cup trophy
The 1998 Gold Cup featured an expanded format in which 10 teams qualify for the tournament. Despite the expanded competition, we saw another USA-Mexico final and for the third straight tournament, Mexico took home the Gold Cup title. They were able to hold off the US, 1-0, thanks to a goal from Luis Hernandez and a pro-Mexico crowd of 91,000 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
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July 17, 1995: USA survive PK's to end Mexico's Copa America campaign
In the 1995 Copa America quaterfinal, USA and Mexico played a tense scoreless match that would eventually end in penalty kicks. Eric Wynalda and the US team would conect on their first four penalty kick attempts, and Mexico would only go on to make one shot as USA would win the shootout 4-1 and move on to the semifinals.
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July 25, 1993: El Tri trash USA to claim first Gold Cup trophy
In 1993, Mexico exacted their revenge on the defending champion US squad. After being knocked out in the semifinals of the 1991 tournament by the US, Mexico left no doubt that Mexican soccer was back after they routed the USA 4-0 in the final in front of a hostile Azteca crowd of 120,000.
July 5, 1991: USA defeat Mexico in Gold Cup semifinal
The first installment of "Dos a Cero" came in Ithe inaugural CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in 1991, Eric Wynalda's USA team took on a troubled Mexico side that had been banned from the previous years World Cup for fielding over-age players. The result on the field of the LA Coliseum reflected the state of the two programs, as USA shut out Mexico 2-0, and advanced to the final where they eventually defeated Honduras for the Gold Cup title.