U.S. will play Mexico in a massive 2018 CONCACAF soccer World Cup Qualifier on Friday night, and both teams will be desperate to get the result tonight.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A pro-American crowd of 24,650 chanted "Dos a cero!" at the start. That he made them in such a big game is confusing and justifiably fuels criticism he faces.
The ageless El Tri defender played in three of the four World Cup qualifying losses to the United States inside Mapfre Stadium, all by the same maddening 2-0 scoreline. Trump won OH, earning 52 percent of the vote. "We've got to keep working toward the game with Panama".
"It confirmed what we all thought before the game - it will be a nail-biter, it will be a very intense, hard-fought game and that is how it turned out", said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "It's not a problem, but it's obviously disappointing". But the USA hung tough and saw Bobby Wood equalize in the second half, only to then see Mexico legend Rafa Marquez head home the victor on 89 minutes.
The U.S. dominated the second half before the 37-year-old Marquez, unmarked and drifting across the penalty area at the near post, got a glancing nod on Layun's corner kick. The Mexican captain lifted the ball over goalkeeper Brad Guzan for his 17th worldwide goal.
Not surprisingly, both coaches have downplayed the role of politics in their World Cup qualifier.
"I would hope that they give every person in that stadium the respect that they deserve, whether they're American, Mexican, neutral, men, women, children".
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He explained some of the difficulties, some of the high flying assets and some of the really great things that have been achieved. The meeting lasted for nearly an hour and a half, and as far as I'm concerned, it could have gone on for a lot longer.
A Rafael Marquez header in the 89th minute changed all that. Altidore turned away Hugo Ayala brilliantly and powered upfield before releasing Wood, who stabbed a low deflected shot past Talavera.
We lost him there. "He is not", Klinsmann said during Facebook Live interview, adding that Howard "is back to No. 1". They're all very talented, at times they looked very good and it was a game that quickly gave us the right circumstances.
"I think it is [the best squad I've been here with]", said Marquez, who will appear for Mexico against the U.S.in Columbus for the fourth time and is participating in his fifth World Cup qualifying cycle. The USMNT had to make a goalkeeper substitution in the 40th minute with Brad Guzan coming on in place of Tim Howard.
Costa Rica's morale has been boosted by the availability of goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the qualifiers at Trinidad and Tobago on Friday and against the USA on Tuesday.
Former German national football team coach Juergen Klinsmann (R) poses with his wife Debbie after he was named honorary captain of the German national football team at a meeting of the German Football Federation (DFB) in Erfurt, eastern Germany, on November 3, 2016.