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Bradley’s stunning early goal helps US to 1-1 tie at Mexico

  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa tries to reach the ball as United States' Michael Bradley scores during their World Cup soccer qualifying match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday, June 11, 2017.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Rebecca Blackwell

  • United States' Michael Bradley celebrates after scoring against Mexico during a World Cup soccer qualifying match at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday, June 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Eduardo Verdugo

  • United States' Michael Bradley celebrates after scoring against Mexico during a World Cup soccer qualifying match at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday June 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Eduardo Verdugo

  • Mexico's Carlos Vela celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against the U.S. during their World Cup soccer qualifying match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday, June 11, 2017.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Rebecca Blackwell

  • Mexico's Carlos Vela, left, celebrates with teammate Mexico's Hirving Lozano after scoring his team's first goal against the U.S. during their World Cup soccer qualifying match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday, June 11, 2017.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Rebecca Blackwell


Monday, June 12, 2017

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Michael Bradley scored a stunning early goal from about 40 yards and the U.S. hung on for a 1-1 tie against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday night, gaining only its third point at Azteca Stadium as coach Bruce Arena changed seven starters and used a five-man defense to overcome the thin air and short recovery time.

Bradley put the U.S. ahead in the sixth minute when he deflected a poor backpass by Mexican star Javier Hernandez and created his own breakaway.

Carlos Vela tied the score in the 23rd minute with a 23-yard shot that beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the near post, and Hector Herrera nearly put El Tri ahead in the 71st with a 30-yard free kick that rebounded off the crossbar.

With its second draw in three road qualifiers, the U.S. continued to recover from its awful 0-2 start last fall and prompted chants of “U-S-A!” from the American Outlaws section in the upper deck.

“It’s a shame to give away the goal that we did,” Bradley said. “Any time you can get a point here it’s great. ... Now we can move ourselves forward.”

Mexico leads the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 14 points, followed by Costa Rica (eight), the U.S. (seven), Panama (six), Honduras (four) and Trinidad and Tobago three. The top three advance to next year’s World Cup in Russia, and the fourth-place team faces Asia’s No. 5 nation in a playoff.

Panama hosts Honduras on Tuesday, when Costa Rica is home against T&T.

Mexico was trying to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972. The U.S. was 0-19-1 in Mexico City — getting outscored 81-14 — before a 1-0 exhibition win in 2012. The U.S. held Mexico to 0-0 in qualifiers at Azteca in 1997 and 2013.