Columbus Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers scored the U.S.’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against rivals Mexico on Wednesday night in what was Jürgen Klinsmann’s first game as head coach. The game was played at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field in front of 30,138 spectators.
Mexico opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Off a short corner, Andrés Guardado fired in a cross. Oribe Peralta was being closely marked by Michael Bradley, but he still found a way to stick his leg around Bradley’s body, getting a touch on the ball and knocking it into the corner of the far post and past U.S. goalie Tim Howard.
Klinsmann subbed in three young MLS players in the second half to inject some much needed energy into the game; Juan Agudelo, Robbie Rogers and Brek Shea. In the 73rd minute, all three connected together to score the equalizing goal.
On a long throw in, Juan Agudelo ran past the Mexico defense and was given the ball right against the end line. He found Shea running towards the Mexico goal. Shea dribbled through the defense, and his low cross to the far post went under Mexico goalie Guillermo Ochoa’s hands and right to Rogers, who only had to tap the ball into an empty net for his second ever international goal.
The U.S. plays next on September 2nd in a friendly against Costa Rica at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. Mexico heads to Warsaw to take on Poland in a friendly on September 2nd as well.
United States: Howard; Castillo, Bocanegra, Fiscal, Cherundolo; Beckerman, Jones (Shea 59), Bradley (Rogers 72), Torres (Clark 84); Buddle (Agudelo 59), Donovan.
Mexico: Ochoa, Salcido, Marquez (Rodríguez 69), Torrado, Juarez (Aguilar 75); Barrera (Bermúdez 71), Castro, Moreno, Guardado, Naelson (Dos Santos 55), Peralta (Arellano 62).
The first goal during the Jürgen Klinsmann era as U.S. head coach was scored by a Columbus Crew player.