Mexico fails to exact revenge.
Record crowd of 69,582 witnesses 0-0 draw with Mexico.
HOUSTON (Thursday, May 8, 2003) --- The United States men and Mexico battled to a 0-0 draw before a Texas record crowd of 69,582 fans at Reliant Stadium tonight.
The meeting was the first between the nations since the U.S. defeated Mexico 2-0 in the World Cup Round of 16 last June. The U.S. Is 5-1-1 in its last seven meetings with Mexico.
"These things go in cycles," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. "Every time that Mexico and U.S. play it is going to be a low scoring game. It just happens to be that we defend well enough to keep them from scoring goals."
The attendance was the 11th largest in U.S. men's history and the third largest crowd ever for an American international friendly. The shutout was the sixth clean sheet for the U.S. in its last seven matches against Mexico. The U.S. also extended its home shutout streak over Mexico to 483 minutes, stretched across six games, dating back to 1999.
"I thought that the Mexican team played very well tonight and in the first half we were very poor," Arena said. "In the second half, we made some adjustments and I think we played better. Our team's match fitness is not where it needs to be for international play. That is a good result, considering the fact that (our players) are in the first month of their club season.
"I think that it was a good week for us. The Houston community and elsewhere did a good job of supporting the game. Who can complain about 69,000 people that are friendly? We were very pleased being here this week and I think it was a great opportunity for our team and hopefully we'll be here again."
Neither team created many dangerous scorong opportunities. There were only 11 shots in the match, seven by Mexico which put five shots on frame to only one for the Americans.
In the first half, the U.S. had a dangerous counterattack in the 16th minute when Landon Donovan streaked down the right flank before sending a perfect pass across the length of the field to fellow midfielder DaMarcus Beasley. Beasley hit the U.S.'s first shot of the match, just missing the goal frame with a first-time rocket from the top of the penalty area.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was stellar throughout the match. In the 24th minute, Mexico midfielder Jesus Arellano finished off a nice give-and-go with a brilliant shot from 18 yards that was parried by Howard with two hands over the crossbar.
The Americans had a solid chance in the 39th minute when defender Carlos Bocanegra hit striker Clint Mathis in the area with a perfect pass. Mathis passed up a chance at goal and played the ball back across the goal mouth to an unmarked Beasley, but he lost control of the ball six yards from the net and was unable to get off a shot.
Two minutes later, Mathis sprang forward Brian McBride in on goal and a brilliant side-step through the legs of Mexican defender Duilio Davino freed him for a quick shot that just missed the left post.
The best American chance came in the 67th minute on a cross from McBride. The ball skimmed off the thigh of Landon Donovan, who had made a run through the heart of the box.
Second-half substitute defender Bobby Convey helped thwart an excellent chance for Mexico in the 72nd minute, crashing into the area to tap a ball away from Arellano as he was about to shoot from close range. Moments later, crafty Mexican forward Adolfo Bautista hit a bicycle on target from 12 yards that Howard easily snared.
U.S. midfielder Chris Klein's header of a pass from reserve attacker Cobi Jones sailed just over the crossbar in the 84th minute.
The U.S. next faces Wales on May 26 in San Jose, Calif., a 10 p.m. ncounter to be televised on ESPN2, After that, the Americans will host Paraguay July 6 at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium.
United States 0, Mexico 0
Lineups: United States - Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Pope, Dan Califf, Pablo Mastroeni (Bobby Convey 66), Chris Armas, DaMarcus Beasley, Frankie Hejduk (Chris Klein 75), Clint Mathis (Earnie Stewart 46), Brian McBride - captain (Cobi Jones 79), Landon Donovan. Mexico - Oswaldo Sanchez, Salvador Carmona (captain), Duilio Davino, Omar Briseno, Luis Perez (Israel Lopez 66), Hector Altamirano, Jesus Arellano (Irving Rubirosa 75), Octavio Valdez (Carlos Morales 66), Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Adolfo Bautista (Fernando Arce 82), Omar Bravo (Alberto Medina 59).
Shots: United States 4, Mexico 7. Saves: United States 5, Mexico 1. Corner kicks: United States 2, Mexico 7. Fouls: United States 15, Mexico 19. Offside: United States 4, Mexico 2. Yellow card cautions: United States - Hejduk 41; Mexico - Davino 34, Bravo 53.
Referee: Peter Prendergast (Jamaica). Assistant referees: Michael Mitchell (Jamaica), Johan Thobourne (Jamaica). Attendance: 69,582 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Weather: 83 degrees, humid, sunny.