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U.S. Withstands Onslaught, Escapes Mexico’s Azteca Stadium With Draw

Americans Play Exceptional Defense In 2014 World Cup Qualifier Scoreless Tie
Giovani Dos Santos of Mexico, left, vies for the ball with Maurice Edu of the United States during their FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying match at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, on March 26, 2013. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Giovani Dos Santos of Mexico, left, vies for the ball with Maurice Edu of the United States during their FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying match at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, on March 26, 2013. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Brad Guzan swatted away shot after shot and the Americans hung on for a 0-0 draw with Mexico on Tuesday night, earning only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.

The tie moves the U.S. into third place in World Cup qualifying for the North and Central American and Caribbean region, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference. The Americans and Costa Ricans both have four points, but the Ticos are ahead on goal difference.

Mexico coach Manuel de la Torre is sure to come under fire after a third straight draw. El Tri had plenty of chances, but couldn’t finish and were dismal on set pieces. Mexico had 15 corner kicks, including three in the last two minutes of stoppage time, and Guzan body-blocked the most dangerous one, by Angel Reyna.

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