Mexico hand sluggish USA heavy defeat in friendly

Mexico mauled the United States 3-0 in a friendly on Friday night for their biggest victory margin over their rivals in a decade

Javier Hernndez scored after US newcomer Sergio Dest was nutmegged in the 21st minute, rick Gutirrez and Uriel Antuna added late goals and Mexico mauled the United States 3-0 in a friendly on Friday night for their biggest victory margin over their rivals in a decade.

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Mexico took total control of the match after an even first 20 minutes. Gutirrez scored the second goal in the 78th, a minute after entering, following a poor clearance by US goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Antuna, another late substitute, added an 82nd-minute goal on a counterattack.

The Americans lost to Mexico by three goals for the first time since a 5-0 defeat in the 2009 Concacaf Gold Cup final. El Tri beat the US 1-0 two months ago in this years Gold Cup final and have won four of the last six meetings, with one draw.

Josh Sargent took a penalty in the 88th minute rather than star Christian Pulisic and was denied by Jonathan Orozco, who dived to his right. Dest, an 18-year-old who has gained playing time for Ajax this season, started at left-back in his U.S. debut and played until the 68th minute. He became the third American born in the 2000s to play for the national team after Tim Weah and Sargent. Born to an American father and Dutch mother, he can switch to the Netherlands if he doesnt play a competitive match for the US.

Dest had the first good US chance, a curling shot from 25 yards in the 14th minute that was off target. But his inexperience showed on the goal.
Jess Corona, playing for Mexico for the first time in 11 months, dribbled past Pulisic, played the ball through the legs of Dest, then took a touch toward goal and crossed to an unmarked Hernndez. The diving header from eight-yards was Chicharitos 52nd international goal, six more than Jared Borgettis previous Mexican record.

USA coach Gregg Berhalter made six lineup changes from the Gold Cup final. Defender John Brooks once again was hurt, leaving Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman in central defense. After missing the Gold Cup because of an injured knee ligament, Brooks did not dress because of a tight right groin. Mexico started just two players who began the Gold Cup final, when Corona, Hernndez and forward Hirving Lozano were among the missing stars.

Both teams figure to experiment for much of the next year, filled with more friendlies and the inaugural Concacaf Nations League. Regional qualifying for the 2022 World Cup doesnt start until the first week of September 2020.

There was the jostling typical of the regions top rivalry, with players pushing in a scrum after Hctor Herrera got a hand in the face of Alfredo Morales, who returned to the US lineup for the first time since May 2016. Morales hit a post in the 80th minute.

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