Mexico twice took the lead over the United States in Columbus, Ohio, to win 2-1 to begin Hex play on Friday night.
The Los Angeles Galaxy’s forward, Alan Gordon, was an unused substitute for the US Men’s National Team.
Miguel Layun opened up the scoring in the 20th minute, getting a little help from the Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard — who would later leave the first half with an injury after taking a goal kick. Layun took a shot from outside of the box, albeit weakly, and the ball somehow squeezed behind Howard’s outstretched arm.
USA began to build momentum after the halftime interval. Eventually, the pressure reached a tipping point in the 49th minute when Bobby Wood put one into the back of the net.
Late into the crisp Columbus night, Mexico found the winner. The great Rafa Marquez headed home a corner which found the back post. Mexico took all three points and erased the old ‘Dos A Cero’ curse.