Jordan Morris might have been a surprise starter in just his third international appearance. But it was Mexico that might have been more surprised when he latched onto the opener in the 49th minute.
The Stanford collegiate player opened his international account collecting a deflected ball at the top of the box early in the second half and New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo added a second goal as a substitute for the United States as they defeated Mexico 2-0 at the San Antonio, TX Alamodome this evening.
Following a scoreless and largely uneventful first half, the USA opened the scoring thanks to a bit of an unlucky deflection. Playing on a less-than-ideal grass surface at the Alamodome, Jordan Morris latched on to a deflected pass after solid build up play from Gyasi Zardes and Michael Bradley and slotted home the unassisted opener through the legs of Mexico keeper Cirilo Saucedo just four minutes after the restart.
Morris would give way to substitute Juan Agudelo in the 65th, with Agudelo making his first USMNT appearance in his first call up since a match against Ukraine on March 5, 2014. Michael Bradley sent in a precision long ball to the top corner of the box, which Agudelo collected, turned and then beat his man, giving him the opportunity to shoot on target. Saucedo was able to get a hand on the near post shot, but was unable to keep the ball out, giving the Revs attacker his third international goal.
Nick Rimando started and was replaced at halftime by William Yarbrough and each made a save a piece for the combined shutout. 22 year-old Ventura Alvarado also made his first start in just his third appearance at centerback, deputizing for an ill Matt Besler, alongside Omar Gonzalez and helped limit Mexico to just two shots on goal. A much improved performance over his two previous appearances off the bench where the USMNT gave up late goals.
Revs midfielder Lee Nguyen did not feature in this match though with Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman leaving the match in the second half due to a minor injury, that isn't the worst thing for New England fans. With Klinsmann opting for two strikers up front it limited the options for other central midfielders with Perry Kitchen subbing on for Beckerman and Mix Diskerud starting out wide.