Hilario Calderon and his grandson Paulo Reyes watch as Mexico and the United States finish in a 0-0 tie in an important World Cup Qualifying matchup. Photo by Carlos Alvarez
A bitter rivalry in recent years ends in a 0-0 draw in what was an important World Cup qualifying matchup between Mexico and the United States national soccer teams.
Mexico was the aggressor throughout Tuesday’s game at Azteca Stadium, failing to capitalize on multiple scoring opportunities.
“They had a lot of chances to score. They just couldn’t do it,” said East L.A. resident and Mexico fan Paulo Reyes. “Good game, but I expected a win.”
The Americans had one of their best defensive performances in the qualifiers, holding Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez scoreless after his two goals in a 2-2 tie against Honduras last week.
The U.S. is now in third place behind Panama and Costa Rica in the CONCACAF fourth round table. The first three finishers in the tournament will automatically head to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Mexico, who has not been defeated, will need two victories against Jamaica on June 4 and Panama on June 6 for a chance to make the World Cup.
Mexico has an all-time record of 33 wins, 16 losses and 13 ties against the United States.