HOUSTON -- "All right," was the assessment of legendary Mexican goalkeeper
El Tri failed for the 10th straight time to beat the U.S. on American soil, but this time the dominating contingent of Mexican supporters in the Houston crowd of 70,103 wasn't left as disappointed as usual.
In the previous nine U.S.-hosted Mexico games, the U.S. won eight and tied once while outscoring the Mexicans, 15-1.
"It was OK," said U.S. defender
In fact, it was better than "OK." More exciting than "all right."
It was the highest scoring U.S.-Mexico game since a 2-2 tie in 1997 in Foxboro, Mass. That was back when Campos was on the field.
On Wednesday, after an opening 20 minutes on Wednesday that could have had fans regretting the chunk of change they spent on an exhibition -- ticket prices averaged more than $50; parking cost $25 -- the game came alive with three Mexican scoring chances.
But as has become the trend in this rivalry, the U.S., despite fewer chances and less possession, scored first -- a 30th-minute
Moor, who would not have been the starting right back had
It was the first U.S. goal for the 18-year-old Altidore, who was making his first start and third appearance.
Altidore partnered in the attack with
Donovan played wide right in the midfield. Besides the assist, he rarely troubled the Mexicans.
With a central midfield duo
"They did a better job of keeping possession than we did," said Dempsey. "But we've always been good at making the most of our chances and putting the ball in the net against them."
Although the outside backs struggled -- shaky left back
"[Mexico's] ability to play under pressure is very good," said U.S. coach