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U.S. Falls to Mexico, 1-0, in Mexico City; Ends Qualifying
Unbeaten Streak at Nine Games
MEXICO CITY (Sunday, July 1, 2001) - The U.S. Men's National Team fell to a rejuvenated Mexico, 1-0, in a World Cup qualifier today in front of more than 95,000 fans at the famed Estadio Azteca. The lone goal of the match came in the 16th minute, when veteran midfielder Alberto Garcia Aspe served a free kick into the box, where unmarked forward Jared Borgetti rose and snapped a header past Kasey Keller. Keller, who was named Chevrolet "Man of the Match" went on to make three extraordinary saves to keep the new-look Mexican squad off the scoreboard in the second half.
The USA, now just 0-10-1 all-time at Azteca, still remains in first place in the CONCACAF hexagonal with a 4-1-1 record and 13 points, pending the outcome of today's other match between second-place Costa Rica (3-1-1; 10 points) and Honduras (2-1-2; 8 points).
2001 U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Participants: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Mexico
Competition: CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying (Final round)
Venue: Azteca Stadium (Mexico City, Mexico)
Date: July 1, 2001 - Kickoff 1:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: 95,000 (approx.)
Weather: 74 degrees (Overcast, Hazy, Mild)
Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd Final
United States 0 0 0
Mexico 1 0 1
MEX - Jared Borgetti (Juan Garcia Aspe), 16.
USA - 1-Kasey Keller; 6-David Regis, 12-Jeff Agoos, 16-Carlos Llamosa, 2-Steve Cherundolo; 14- Chris Armas, 9-Joe-Max Moore (14-Cobi Jones, 46), 8-Earnie Stewart, 22-Tony Sanneh; 11-Ante Razov (15-Chris Klein, 82), 19-Jovan Kirovski (20-Brian McBride, 61).
MEX - 12-Oscar Perez; 21-Jesus Arellano (20-Jose Hernandez, 87), 2-Claudio Suarez, 5-Manuel Vidrio, 4-Melvin Brown; 18-Johan Rodriguez (13-Victor Gutierrez, 66), 6-Gerardo Torrado, 8-Alberto Garcia Aspe (7-Octavio Valdez, 74), 14-Tomas Campos; 17-Francisco Palencia, 9-Jared Borgetti.
Statistical Summary: USA MEX
Shots . . . . . . . . . . 4 14
Saves . . . . . . . . . . 3 1
Corner Kicks . . . . . 4 6
Fouls . . . . . . . . . . 15 9
Offside . . . . . . . . . 1 3
USA - Tony Sanneh (caution), 52.
USA - David Regis (caution), 68.
USA - Steve Cherundolo (caution), 76.
MEX - Gerrardo Torrado (caution), 81.
MEX - Octavio Valdez (caution), 92+.
Referee: Kim Young Joo (Korean Republic)
Assistant Referee #1: Kim Hwa Soo (Korean Republic)
Assistant Referee #2: Kim Dae Young (Korean Republic)
Fourth Official: Lee Jong Kuk (Korean Republic)
Chevrolet Man of the Match: Kasey Keller.
Source: US Soccer