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Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Battle of the Auld Enemies This Side of the Pond at the Azteca Stadium


It was quite a dramatic finale between the Auld enemies yesterday.. Amidst a fanatical atmosphere at the Azteca Stadium, expect tackles to fly in quick and fast. Mexico is running away with the hex and have all but qualified for Russia 2018. The U.S. could use at least a draw to enhance there chances of qualifying. It will be a tough ask as they only twice gained a point at the Azteca in all World Cup qualifiers played by the U.S. in Mexico. It's a must see.

147 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Estadio Azteca

8:32 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Hiya Al-Prez. I don't hold out any real hope tonight. Does the Mad Hatter think that playing so many B's tonight will confuse El Tri? Even without Corona, we could get severely humped tonight.

My hope is that it won't be humiliating, that Johnny Two Saints gets kicked around so that he needs a spell in an iron lung to recover, and that the Mexican players have coreographed an amusing Anti-#45* goal celebration.

Here we go.

8:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Old man, Beasely, down after appearing to be elbowed in the back of the head by Carlos Salcedo

8:35 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

What the hell is wrong with Saledo? What an animal.

8:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Bobby Wood is elbowed in the head and nary a card for either player.

8:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good evening, Gooner. Agreed. He should have been sent off twice by now. Not even a booking.

8:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!!! ONE OF THE B'S SCORES. IT'S BOB BRADLEY WITH AN AUDACIOUS CHIP FROM NEAR THE HALFWAY LINE IN FRONT OF 120,000 FANS IN THE AZTECA.

8:38 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

HO-O-LY Shit! Bradley!!!!!

8:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two consecutive U.S. corners.

8:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How did the goal originate. A poor back pass from Chicha at the halfway line and BB had the presence of mind to pick off the pass , run about ten yards and chip Ochoa , who was well off his line,.

8:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Geoff Cameron heads out a dangerous cross for a Mexican corner.

8:45 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Fantastic response to a very dispicable volley of elbows from Salcedo. Now I'm hoping Salcedo put it in his own net.

8:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnny 2 Saints just wide with a long range effort off a short free kick

8:46 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

So close. Our guys need to be much shaper on the restart.

8:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The fact that Chicha assisted on the U.S. goal must make him wish the ground would swallow him up. That's just as satidfying

8:48 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Anyone but JSS, please. Or Salcedo.

8:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gio 2 Saints fouls old man, Beasely.

8:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Omar Gonzalez has a free header, but heads wide off the free kick. The offside flag saves his blushes.

8:50 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Man, we are under siege.

8:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Gonzalez clears off the line as Chicha is down injured after his shot was cleared as he chipped the on rushing Guzan

8:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed out by the goal scorer.

8:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pretty pathetic if a corner can't beat the first man at this altitude and El Tri is used to these conditions.

8:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexico cannot clear the U.S. corner then Gonzalez whiffs at it and it goes to Ochoa.

8:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! CARLOS VELA TIES IT UP SECONDS LATER.

8:55 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Bloody hell, the laziest Gooner in history ties it up. Guzan nowhere near. That gamble not paying off.

8:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How about eleven seconds later. Ochoa with a long throw to Chicha at the halfway line. He dummied Beasley then found Vela down the right. He cut in then beat Guzan at the near post

8:57 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Taylor Twellman noticing 25 minutes after the Mexicans have that Beasley is not up to it any more.

8:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Acosta fouls Chicha about thirty yards from goal. The free kick is high and wide.

8:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We noticed that 24 minutes and 59 seconds ago.

8:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I forgot about him with the Gunners. It's tossup between him and the beast for laziest Gooner. Beaker is not too far behind.

9:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hard to believe we're already a half hour in. It's been a lightning quick first half.

9:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gallardo on for the injured Oscar Alanis as Osorio is forced to make a substitution.

9:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mexico is awarded a corner as Chicha obviously fouled Yedlin.

9:04 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

There is no outlet up front that can hold the ball more than a second. Pulisic getting knocked around. Our defenders stretched all over the pitch.

Pulisic is alarmingly frustrated by this. Hopefully he can get down the tunnel before he picks up a yellow.

Also, I thought Yedlin was supposed to be fast. He needs to be first to that every single time.

9:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Marco Fabian conveniently down injured as the U.S. were on the attack.

9:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess he really is injured. Did he get a thigh strain tackling Bobby Wood?

9:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good point, Gooner. The U.S. needs to utilize the speed of Pulisic more and do a better job of ball retention.

9:07 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Zip-it about Özil. Al-Prez.

9:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Beasely wins a corner off a long ball from BB and now the old man is down with what appears to be cramp.

9:07 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Beasley's down again. At least he's eligible for Medicare.

9:08 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Yedlin gets the first card which is patently ridiculous. Salcedo's two elbows should have added up to a red, and Chicha's diving deserves a yellow too.

9:18 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Whew, let me catch my breath. I think we're very lucky to be tied up, and very lucky not to be hobbled by a yellow to more than just Yedlin.

The worrisome thing about this is that it has the feel of one of those matches where if Mexico scores and goes ahead, it won't end there.

9:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1 at the end of a breathtaking half. Hoping that the U.S. can get on top in the second half.

9:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway and Mexico attack from the off.

9:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Elbows Salcedo volleys well wide off the corner from Johnny 2 Saints.

9:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnny 2 Saints upends old man, Beaseley.

9:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hiya, lads - I'm back from dinner and settling in to watch the second half on the Fox Soccer 2 Go link.

9:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Yanks appear to be having trouble getting out of our own half.

9:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good evening, Bob. Great to have you on board. You're bruv has been chatting on here this evening.

9:42 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Hiya Bob. It's a tense siege after a promising opening. The Mad Hatter has picked a squad to start that keeps important players off the pitch so that they don't collect a suspension with another yellow. I guess that's Brooks, Dempsey, and Nagbe notably.

9:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Javi Aquino on for Marco Fabian. Corozan will be pleased.

9:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would have risked those players in a game of this magnitude and importance.

9:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No commentary on the link here - probably a blessing in disguise.

9:44 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Good lord, Guzan can't kick a ball into their half now.

9:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If he's the Mad Hatter then did he have a spell in charge of Luton Town?

9:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sounds as if the Mexicans are trying to bait our boys into fouling and cards, no?

9:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yedlin fouled by Moreno. How is that not a booking?

9:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arriola booked for a foul from behind on Corozan Aquino.

9:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yedlin draws a foul near half way but the free kick comes to nothing and Arriola foolishly picks up a yellow.

9:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct. He's letting El Tri get away with bloody murder./

9:46 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Twellman took 25 minutes to see that Beasely should get a compassionate pass to use a mobility scooter.

It's the same thing that plagued England's commentary when it was too matey between the team upstairs and the players on the field.

9:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Any news on his application for Medicare? The latest I heard is that the status is pending.

9:49 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

The ref's not giving anything now, but will give the Mexicans a penalty if it remains nil-nil.

Too bad El Tri didn't get the choreography out and do an Anti-#45* goal celebration.

9:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chance for the US now off a corner. Let's do summit with it.

9:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pulisic gets behind the Mexican defense and wins a corner off of Herrera.

9:49 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

I mean they couldn't have inked Mal Hombre onto an undershirt?

9:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Acosta wins a corner off of Moreno.

9:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that was a close call - nearly there at the near post! Knocked out for a corner again.

9:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I perish the thought about what that Trump goal celebration would have been - Russian hookers peeing on him?

9:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It should say Muy Mal.

9:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm sure Trump's priority is the Confeds Cup. He'll surely be there next weekend.

9:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That would have been great. I did notice a sad sight at the end of the US v. Trini match the other night. When they were swapping shirts, a Trini striker took his shirt off to reveal an undershirt that read something like, "We did the improbable - underdogs 2017!"

A bit sad.

9:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nagbe on for Arriola and about bloody time. Can he change the course of the match?

9:53 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

A couple of them on the ground while the rest of them gleefully jump over them?

9:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've just gone back and looked at the Bradley goal again - one of the best features of these Fox links - what a finish!

9:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Someone has to pack the orange fright wig up his kit, though. That's a lot of prep.

9:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Ex Gooner fouled by BB.

9:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sloppy foul by Bradley there.

9:59 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Yeah, the Bradley goal was tremendous in technique and execution.

10:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - off the bar!

10:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! The free kick from Herrera cannons off the bar. A let off for the U.S.

10:00 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

OOOOFFFF. So close by Herrera. Yikes.

10:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was also a great assist from Chicha. That is easy to overlook.

10:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

At this point we look as if we will be happy just to get back into the dressing room with a point.

10:01 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Nevermind the STEM gap that the US is suffering from. Close the damn left back gap already.

10:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The fans are in fiesta mood, despite the scoreline.

10:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Bradley tries his luck again from distance and hits the post! If that had gone in, the US bench would have been having kittens!

10:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! A rare chance for the U.S. as a long range effort from Bradley comes off the outside of the post.

10:03 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Hell yes. A draw would be an amazing result tonight.

10:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

End to end stuff now - Cameron with a great block out for a corner.

10:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cameron with a heroic clearance off a cross from Lozano for a Mexican corner that is cleared

10:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It sure would be . Still a long way to go.

10:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mexico all over us now - they look dangerous every time they come forward. Not liking it.

10:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chicha well offside as he thought he was in position to give Mexico the lead.

10:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Where is Chicha playing these days - somewhere in Spain?

10:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice for Osorio as Pineda is on for Johnny 2 Saints.

10:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's playing for Bayer Leverkusen and it's not a headache for him.

10:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oooh - that would have been a lovely own goal off the Mexican keeper's chest there.

10:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's played there for the past two seasons.

10:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boom boom - that's Statto!

10:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Acquino snuck in at the back post and should have scored. Ballooned it over thankfully.

10:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Aquino with a shot that lands in Row E with just Brad Bob Guzan to beat.

10:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jozy on now - not sure why - to hold up the ball perhaps?

10:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jozy on for Bobby Wood.

10:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. I try

10:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's what I was thinking with that change,.

10:09 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

This is how Mexico reacted to Bradley's goal. Fizzing it around, Chicha and Lozano JUST not able to get onto a through ball,, and a solid wall of them across the field picking off all our outlets.

Jozy on for a very tireless but ultimately ineffective Wood

10:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rubbish long throw routine comes to nothing. Who do we think we are - Stoke City?

10:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If Chicha is playing for Bayer then he must be quite a pill!

10:11 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

That's right. I saw him play there in the Europa this year. Well-in Al-Prez

10:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tim Ream battles back well there. Just about ten minutes left now. Hang in there, lads!

10:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lozano just discovered that it's diffcult to get past defenders, whose club footie is played at the Cottage. Right, Bob?

10:12 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Ow! What about your oath not to use your powers for goodness, AP?

10:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Mexican fans are risking a FIFA fine with that "ehhhhh puto" chant at goal kicks. Not really on in 2017 is it?

10:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another free kick for El Tri. This time the free kick from Herrera is about twenty feet higher than the last one.

10:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Absolutely right, mate.

10:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

FIFA seems to be turning a blind eye on that chant.

10:15 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Sure fine, but they'll pay it. Make them play a match like this behind closed doors it they're serious. Which they are not.

10:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yedlin tackles for yet another Mexican corner.,

10:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Argh! Jozy can't keep coughing up the ball in our own half.

10:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How about docking them ten points or banning them from the next World Cup. That will make them think twice.

10:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Any worse than Chicha coughing up those Bayers?

10:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Five minutes and change now - hang in there!

10:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PUlisic picks up the long goal kick from Guzan, cuts in then shoots well wide.

10:18 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

OH! That would have done it.

10:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Politic iwht a marvelous run but his curler just didn't quite curl enough. Big chance.

10:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We need to be hanging on to the ball a bit more now.

10:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

10:19 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

3 minutes is a gift! Hold on guys

10:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Is Guzan hurting or just time wasting? Not sure.

10:20 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Tiime wasting.

10:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pulisic is booed as he's replaced by Zusi. I don't see the point of this change.

10:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's nice - Beasley really taking his time with the throw in. And Pulisic will come off to waste more time. How was he tonight? Any service at all?

10:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jozi wins a really late U.S. corner.

10:21 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Wake up Little Zusi is on for Pulisic. Hold on.

10:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cameron sticks out a boot to kick out a pass from Lozano for a Mexican corner

10:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that was dangerous. Fortunately out for a corner. Hang on!

10:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and the U.S. hold to gain a creditable 1-1 draw in the Azteca.

10:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - a very serviceable 1-1 result for us, by the looks of it. US players seem really happy. And well they should be.

10:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice one , Gooner! Great reference.

10:24 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Heart stopping block from Cameron.

And it's a draw. Fantastic result.

Did the Mad Hatter get hit by something from the stands? I hope so. That's a definite venue ban.

10:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice pun from the Gooner! You and MUR are on fire!

10:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If the U.S. win their reaming home matches then they should qualify for next summer's World Cup.

10:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Water bottles are the weapon of choice towards visiting teams in this region.

10:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Off to Russia With Love for El Tri.

10:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Enjoyed it, lads - thanks for keeping the LOB home fires burning tonight. Cheerio!

10:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, Bob and Steve . Great chatting with you. Have a great week. Hope to chat next weekend when the Confeds Cup starts.

10:31 PM  

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