The U.S. men’s soccer team added another installment to its rivalry with Mexico in a friendly on Tuesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.
Both teams featured young lineups, and it was 19-year-old Tyler Adams who scored the lone goal in the 71st minute of the game to give the U.S. a 1-0 victory. It was Adams’ first international goal.
Both teams were coming off friendly losses on Friday, the U.S. men losing 2-0 to Brazil and Mexico falling to Uruguay 4-1.
Friday’s game was the first for the U.S. since the FIFA World Cup, which the U.S. failed to qualify for the first time since 1986. The team has been using these friendlies, dubbed the Kickoff Series, as an opportunity to get playing time for a new generation of players.
Adams, a midfielder who plays for the New York Red Bulls, made his debut with the men’s national team in November 2017, and Tuesday night was his team-leading sixth appearance with the team in 2018.
After a slow start to the second half, interrupted by Mexico’s Angel Zaldivar getting a red card in the 67th minute for a hard tackle on Wil Trapp, Adams made a good run into the box and finished a crossing pass for the score.
"At the end of the day this is a results business," U.S. coach Dave Sarachan said, "and I don't think they would have been happy with a draw tonight."
The U.S. finished with 13 shots on goal, three of which were on target, compared to 10 for Mexico.
While the U.S. trails Mexico in the all-time series, the win improved the Americans’ record to 14-7-6 in the last 27 matches.
The Kickoff Series continues on Oct. 11 against No. 16 Colombia in Tampa, Florida.