Nashville, Tennessee (September 12, 2018) — Matt Miazga didn’t hold back any punches.
During the second half of action between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico — a storied rivalry throughout the world of soccer — Miazga exchanged some fighting words with Diego Lainez. During the encounter, Miazga, who stands almost a foot taller than Lainez, made a symbol of his height dominance.
USMNT Dismantles 10-Man Mexico in Nashville Friendly
“It’s part of the game,” Miazga said. “It’s mental warfare. We got in their heads. They got a red card right after it. It took a toll and we won the game.”
Meanwhile, Lainez didn’t remain silent.
That’s the beauty of the United States’ rivalry with Mexico. Despite the match being a friendly, the two sides battered and bit at each other. With moments of slow action, there were moments of feisty, competitive flair.
The United States left the match, and Nissan Stadium, victorious. In the 67th minute, Ángel Zaldívar, a striker for Mexico, fouled midfielder Wil Trapp. Immediately, Zaldívar was given an instant red card.
Mexico was then reduced to 10 men on the pitch.
Four minutes later, the United States capitalized off the boot of Tyler Adams. The recent headliner in terms of transfer rumors — there have been reports of Tyler Adams joining his former head coach Jesse Marsch at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga — Adams buried a shot past Hugo González.
The shot was only one of three total shots on goal. The goal was special for Adams in particular, with it being his first international goal. Adams made his seventh international appearance in the country music capital of the world.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 12, 2018
- Zack Steffen is the clear number one in goal: The other day, analysts were saying which U.S. Men’s National Team players, veteran-wise, should come back into the fold. Some names like Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Brad Guzan were tossed around. While the first two aren’t a bad option, the third is a waste of time. After holding his own against Brazil and earning a clean sheet against Mexico, Zack Steffen has proved he’s the clear-cut number one goalkeeper.
- Wil Trapp is no Michael Bradley: It’s hard to replace a talent like Michael Bradley — no matter what his critics say. Almost a year ago, Bradley had that wonderful chip at the Estadio Azteca, silencing Mexican fans and scoring one of the prettiest goals in U.S. Men’s National Team history. Trapp had decent passes, but wasn’t as big as Bradley. If he wants to remain in the spot, he has to do more.
- The red card wasn’t deserved: Trapp was the player fouled when Zaldívar was given an instant red card. However, the immediate ejection wasn’t deserved. If anything, that foul should have only resulted in a yellow card for Zaldívar. The outcome might have been different if Mexico had all 11 players, but it would have been more fair. Not taking anything away from Adams’ goal, but the red card wasn’t warranted.
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) September 12, 2018