The United States ended 75 years of frustration in Mexico, winning at its southern neighbor and regional rival for the first time Wednesday...
MEXICO CITY — The United States ended 75 years of frustration in Mexico, winning at its southern neighbor and regional rival for the first time Wednesday night when Michael Orozco Fiscal’s goal in the 80th minute and Tim Howard’s late sprawling saves provided a 1-0 victory.
Dominated for most of the night, the Americans went ahead on a move created by a trio of second-half substitutes.
Brek Shea went down the left flank and around Severo Meza, crossing to Terrence Boyd. He made a quick backheel pass to Orozco Fiscal.
Orozco Fizcal, who plays in Mexico for San Luis, kicked the ball past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for his first international goal.
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Howard preserved the lead, changing directions to stop a deflected shot by Javier Hernandez in the 85th, then pawing away a 4-yard downward header by Chicharito in the 89th.
“I think it’s huge. It’s huge for all American fans, it’s huge for the team and it’s historic,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We were very well aware that we’ve never won here at Azteca Stadium. This is an amazing experience for all the players. We told them before the game: This moment is for you, go and grab it.”
The U.S. had been 0-23-1 against El Tri in 75 years of games at Mexico, including 0-19-1 in the thin air of Mexico City — where they had been outscored 81-14.
“Tim Howard kept us in the game I don’t know how many times,” Klinsmann said.
• FIFA Player of the Year Lionel Messi scored a goal in Argentina’s 3-1 win over 10-man Germany in Frankfurt. Brazil recovered from its loss to Mexico in the Olympic final, beating Sweden 3-0 in Stockholm; Spain beat Puerto Rico 2-1 in Bayamon, and England beat Italy 2-1 in Bern, Switzerland.