The United States beat Mexico 3-2 on Wednesday night in a friendly between the two men’s national teams in Glendale, Ariz.
Oh, you read somewhere that the match ended 2-2?
Eddie Johnson found the back of the net after taking a pass from Clint Dempsey with about 10 minutes remaining to break the tie and give the U.S. the lead. The only person in the world that didn’t see it like that was one linesman who held up his flag to call offside.
It was an abysmal call.
By all rights, the U.S. should have walked off the field with a victory in front of a raucous crowd as both teams begin final preparations for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
In the end, the score really doesn’t matter. This game was more about getting a look at different players and lineups. Things looked pretty good late in the first half. The U.S., wearing their new jerseys that most closely resemble the old school Bomb Pop ice cream bars, dominated the run of play and had a 2-0 lead at the break to show for it.
Then the U.S. back line wilted under Mexico’s relentless attack over the first 20 minutes of the second half.
It was ugly. The Americans were probably lucky to yield just two goals the way the defense was playing. The unit will have to get shored up if the U.S. is to have any shot at advancing out of a very difficult group in Brazil.
That’s the big takeaway from the game.
But the U.S. still should have won.