The United States men's national team ventured into their rivals' fortress and emerged unscathed, standing firm and earning a 0-0 draw against Mexico, but failing to break the Mexican defense on Tuesday night.
In six previous World Cup qualifiers at the Estadio Azteca, the US had managed to claim just one tie for its efforts. On Tuesday, it earned a second one, worth an invaluable point in the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
In this most heated of rivalries, brimming with slights to avenge, the US showed up stout of heart, battling and grinding their way to an unlikely draw.
It was their second nervy result in five days, and a shock after the team had appeared to have reached its nadir after a Sporting News expose revealed a sizable part of the team disliked its coach, the experimental Jurgen Klinsmann. Instead, the Americans took the report as an occasion to rally, and followed up a snowbound 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Denver with a defense-fi...