Young Yankees Beat Mexico, 1-0

The U.S. Men's National Team looked ugly in the first half against Mexico but found a storybook ending on September 11. Midfielder Tyler Adams (19 years old) from New York (believe it) netted the winner for the boys in blue in the 71st minute.

The first half was boring. Second half... eventful. So we'll start there.

The Heightening

Scoreless in the 65th minute, defender Matt Miazga got into a tangle with Mexico's Diego Lainez, showing the first sign of fight from the red, white and blue. The 6-foot-4 Miazga then went height-taunting on the little guy. After heightening the tension (haha), El Tri's Angel Zaldivar went in for an ugly tackle on the ball and got tagged with a red card. Advantage USA.

The Goal

With Mexico down a man, the U.S. quickly became the aggressor. Playing up the left side, Antonee Robinson played a low pass that trickled into the sweet spot. Adams entered the picture on a 40-yard run for the calmly placed finish.

That was about all she wrote in Nashville. The goal was the only real scoring opportunity for the Americans. It was the first international goal of Adams' career.

The U.S. improved their all-time record against Mexico to 19-34-15, but they're 14-7-6 in the 21st century.

SoccerJeff Yoder