U.S. soccer beats Mexico on its own soil for the first time
August 20, 2012
Mexico may have just taken home the gold medal during the 2012 Olympics, but the United States stunned a crowded Azteca Stadium when they defeated the country in a 1-0 victory last Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.
This marks the first time that the U.S. beat Mexico on their own turf in the past 75 years, and the two rivals fought hard until the end of the game, as the one and only goal was scored in the 80th minute. Not only does Mexico never lose to the U.S. - in official matches or friendlies - they rarely lose to anyone at the Azteca, according to the media outlet.
"I think it's huge. It's huge for I think all American fans, it's huge for the team, and it's historic," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told the news source. "We were very well aware that we've never won here at the Azteca Stadium. This is an amazing experience for the all the players. We told them before the game: This moment is for you, go and grab it."
The goal was scored by Michael Orozco Fiscal, it was his first international goal and his fifth appearance during an international game. He was subbed in during the 77th minute, and scored the goal shortly thereafter. It wasn't just Orozco's goal, but also the necessary saves from Tim Howard, the U.S. goalie. Even though many thought it could not be done, Klinsmann is enjoying the win.
"It was very difficult in high altitude, with many of them flying in from Europe two days ago," Klinsmann told the news outlet. "But we had a plan, and we tried to execute that plan and getting that win here, I mean it's quite enjoyable."
According to the Los Angeles Times, even though Orozco was the one to score the goal, there wasn't much negative publicity in Mexico's media the following day. This is likely due to the fact that his parents are from Mexican states Durango and Queretaro. Orozco was born in Orange County, California.