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USA player Gyasi Zardes (20) gets air over Mexico player Mario Osuna (17) during the International Friendly match at the Alamodome. USA won 2-0. (Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports)

Soccer: U.S. men defeat rival Mexico by familiar 'dos-a-cero' score

SAN ANTONIO -- America might not have the history of other countries when it comes to soccer but the Red, White and Blue is catching up, especially against rival Mexico who has fallen to the United States more often than not this century.

And on Wednesday night in front of more than 64,000 fans at the Alamodome, recent history repeated itself as the Americans defeated El Tri, 2-0.

The "dos-a-cero" score is certainly familiar to both teams. The Americans have defeated the Mexican squad 2-0 in four straight home World Cup qualifiers -- all in Columbus, Ohio.

On this night in Texas, Team USA broke through in the 49th minute when forward Jordan Morris got on the end of a pass and stuck the ball in the back of the goal past the reach of goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo.

Team USA broke through in the 49th minute when forward Jordan Morris got on the end of a pass and stuck the ball in the back of the goal past the reach of goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo.

"Jordan was missing all of his shots in the pregame warmup," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "We told him to relax. He certainly did. His goal was an enjoyable goal."

Morris, a 20-year-old sophomore at Stanford, is thought to have been the first collegian to start for the Americans in more than 20 years.

Morris, having done his job, was subbed for Juan Agudelo in the 62nd minute. The move paid off.

In the 72nd minute, Agudelo gave the Americans an insurance goal with an assist from center Michael Bradley.

"I feel like I was comfortable on the ball," Agudelo said. The goal was Agudelo's third in international play and first since March 2011.

Despite both teams having chances to score, the two squads finished the first half deadlocked at 0-0.

Mexico failed to capitalize on a mistake by U.S. defenders in the fifth minute of the match. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando came to the Americans' rescue as he was able to cover up and take control of the ball.

Three minutes later, Mexico had a golden opportunity, but forward Eduardo Herrera's shot went wide.

The Americans countered with a cross in front of Saucedo in the next minute, but was easily defended.

In the 32nd minute, Morris made a strong run into Mexican defense, but lost control of the ball.

"I had never played in an atmosphere like that before," Morris said. "I'm happy that when I got the opportunity (in the 49th minute) I was able to put it away."

As the half was coming to a close, Mexico had one more opportunity when defenseman Gerardo Flores found a wide-open Herrera, but once again, he was wide of the goal.

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NOTES: Wednesday's match was the 64th meeting between the two squads. ... The U.S. squad was without captain Clint Dempsey, who was sidelined with a hamstring. Forward Jozy Altidore also missed the match after receiving a red card in Team USA's last match. ... Team USA had won five straight matches heading into Wednesday.


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