Mexico drew 1-1 with the United States in the Concacaf World Cup football qualifier at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday evening, inching closer to securing qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.
Bradley put the USA ahead in the sixth minute when he deflected a poor backpass by Mexican star Javier Hernandez and created his own breakaway.
Carlos Vela came up with the equalizer in the 23rd minute after cutting in from the right side and unleashing a shot with his left foot that snuck by Brad Guzan. Bradley nearly scored again from distance inside the last 20 minutes with a thunderbolt that clipped the outside of a post.
I'm not sure he should have gotten away with his gamble, or that he should repeat it again in a high-stakes situation, but Bradley's early goal pretty was the flawless way to start a gameplan like that.
"Clearly 16 points, except in very, very unusual situations, will get us one of the automatic spots", Gulati said. "Obviously, we didn't have the ball a lot, but tactically being able to stay mentally concentrated the whole time was huge for the young guys".
Bruce has now coached the US through 6 games in about as many months and has yet to lose a match, including World Cup qualifying games on the road against Panama and Mexico.
Panama hosts Honduras on Tuesday, when Costa Rica hosts Trinidad and Tobago.
The Americans stunned the 81,000 at Azteca, and all of us watching from afar, before even taking the field Sunday night when Bruce Arena unveiled a 3-4-3 formation with seven lineup changes from Thursday's triumph over Trinidad and Tobago. "We have made up some lost ground".
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USA coach Bruce Arena changed seven of 11 starters and employed a five-man defense to overcome the 7,820-foot altitude and short recovery time. He decided on the five-man backline as early as January. The United States long-term captain Michael Bradley silenced the Mexican City fortress only six games into the match. "It's just stressful", center back Omar Gonzalez told reporters Sunday night.
11/6/17- Mexico's Carlos Vela (L) celebrates with teamamates after scoring a goal. After picking off Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Bradley took a touch past midfield and chipped a long direct ball over the top of Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (who has been rumored with FC Dallas as a potential signing). Several hundred fans from the American Outlaws were clad in red, white and blue, and chanted "U-S-A!" Willy Roy, Rick Davis, Eddie Lewis, Charlie Davies and Michael Orozco are the other USMNT scorers at the stadium, dating back to 1972. When the USA has to rotate, we start Tim Ream and Brad Guzan and 74 year old DaMarcus Beasley.
Many American fans showed their displeasure on Twitter.
Christian Pulisic, the emerging 18-year-old star midfielder, scored a pair of second-half goals, giving him seven in just 15 worldwide appearances.
"It was huge", midfielder Paul Arriola said.
Geoff Cameron, Bradley, DeAndre Yedlin and Christian Pulisic were the only four to retain their places; left back Jorge Villafana was injured.
Beasley at 35 became the first American to appear in qualifiers of five World Cup cycles.
DeAndre Yedlin remained on the right, with Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez joining Geoff Cameron in the center and 35-year-old DaMarcus Beasley on the left, Beasley, who had not started for the us since October 2015, became the first American to appear in qualifiers of five World Cup cycles.
Bradley is encouraged by the Americans' progress under Arena.