The United States men's national team came out with a fantastic 1-1 draw at Mexico on Sunday night, with an inspired five-man back line leading the way. Here are three takeaways from the nerve-wrecking, frantic World Cup qualifying match.
A great point
This is the third time the U.S. has ever gotten a result at Estadio Azteca in a World Cup qualifying match. This is typically a scheduled loss for the Americans. It's an impressive draw that feels more like sweet victory for Bruce Arena's squad. Considering there were seven changes to the starting lineup from last week, it seemed unlikely that the U.S. would be able to get a point. The defense played well and confident, Michael Bradley punched Mexico in the mouth early and in the end the Yanks held on. A wonderful point that gives the U.S. eight in the hexagonal round and it gives the team a two-point cushion for third place.
Bradley scored one of the greatest USMNT goals
What. I'm not sure an American has ever silenced the Estadio Azteca the way Bradley did Sunday night. If you are a sports fan, I'm sure you look up highlights of your teams greatest moments in any sport. That goal, along with Landon Donovan's World Cup goal against Algeria, are the holy grail for U.S. soccer fans. It's a moment that you can watch for the rest of your lifetime and smile over and over again.
Pulisic's had his worst game, but it's not his fault
Teen wonder Christian Pulisic wasn't much of a factor, but it was not his fault. The formation rolled out by Arena -- which really looked like a 5-4-1 for much of the match -- meant that Pulisic had very little help in attack. With the lack of support, he got a couple looks late, especially a golden chance in the 89th minute that curled just wide. He a couple creative moments, which overall was fine considering he is only 18 years old and this was at Mexico. Give him a pass. He didn't underperform. He just didn't have the support he needed.