Was this one of those scrimmages where one of the home team coaches acts as referee? Several calls where a Mexican player ran directly into a stationary U.S. player (usually who was looking the other way), bounced back like they’d been shot, and got the free kick, while Mexican defenders were continually body-checking U.S. players with no attempt at the ball and getting away with it. Somewhere in the early second half the U.S. finally got a call – the U.S. player that was fouled just happened to be named ‘Gomez’. Evidently a U.S. player with a Mexican name was very confusing to the poor coach acting as referee.
Overall seemed like a disjointed game (naturally enough, as the subsitutions seemed more like ‘evaluate players’ than ‘go all out to win’); Mexico generally dominated technically, but once in a while (around the 60th minute I think, for example), the U.S. put together a long possession with good tactical passing and control. U.S. backline was solid all night, though; no mistakes in the box at all (and a couple misses by Mexican forwards).
A bit against the run of play, but the goal was a nice move (nutmeg! I think) to get into the box for the first pass and a sweet, sweet backheel pass inside the goal area.
And finally, is it too late to complain about the U.S. uniforms? Ouch, my poor eyes.