Nobody gave the U.S. men’s soccer team a chance heading into Wednesday’s international friendly showdown versus Mexico. Nobody. And really, you couldn’t blame folks for being dubious of the American side’s odds – 75 years of losing tends to erode confidence.
Oh ye of little faith.
In the 80th minute with the score knotted at 0-0, Michael Orozco Fiscal silenced all the doubters when he tapped home a beauty of a goal that, really, would not have gone in if not for the great set-up that made it possible.
It all started with Brek Shea, who broke down the Mexican defense with some ease before seemingly running into a dead end – at which point, from out of nowhere, the play was salvaged by Terrence Boyd. In what looked like the most precarious position ever, somehow, Boyd was able to backheel the ball to Orozco Fiscal who, in turn, put it smack dab in Mexican net.
It was ridiculous.
The U.S. ultimately won 1-0, thanks in large part to some late clutch play from goalie Tim Howard.
So, what did we learn about the Americans from this victory, big picture? Not a whole lot. Maybe that they’re deeper than originally anticipated, but that’s about it. Four out of five times, Mexico wins this game.
But they didn’t tonight. And that’s all that really matters.