Six minutes in and America scores. Never has this happened at Estacio Azteca. Veteran Michael Bradley scored on a long shot that soared right over Mexico goalie Guillermo Ochoa’s leaping outstretched hand. The stadium went from shaking to a stunned silence that was punctured only by the rabid American Outlaws supporters group. While Mexico eventually equalized, and the match ended in a 1 – 1 draw, the USA showed that far from being outclassed by the rest of the world, its men’s soccer is rising up to a level not seen since the 1930 national team placed third.
In scoring first and leading in Estacio Azteca, arguably the harshest environment for an opponent, the US Men’s team shows that going into the Russia 2018 World Cup, they are contenders that can compete on the biggest stage. With the growing status of soccer within the US and the country’s unique and evolving infrastructure for the sport, the future is bright for American soccer. At least for now, fans of the USA Men’s National Team can hold their heads high with the knowledge that their team can compete on the world stage as an equal and not as an afterthought.
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