American soccer fans got a treat on Wednesday, as the US men’s football team routs Mexico 2-0 in a friendly match.
The match saw young forward Jordan Morris score his first international goal in the second half of the match that opened the scoring for the American side. Morris, who is also starting for the first time for the US team, pulled off an impressive slide to push the ball in between Mexican goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo’s legs in the 49th minute. The 20-year old got help from Michael Bradley and Gyasi Zardes, who initially set up a shot that was deflected by Mario Osuna only to be recovered by Morris.
“I was nervous but I was excited,” Morris said of his milestone goal. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid, scoring a goal, especially in such a big game in front of so many fans.”
“It just kind of popped out. I’m happy that when I got the chance, I got to the ball and put it away.”
US team coach Jurgen Klinsmann also expressed his delight for the shot made by his young player. “When Jordan was doing his shooting before the game, he was pretty much missing everything,” the coach narrated. “I told him, ‘Just relax. It’s OK. To see a boy like Morris score his first international goal, you jump for joy.”
The Americans’ second goal came in the 72th minute, courtesy of Juan Agudelo. Agudelo replaced Morris in the 65th minute and went on to sink the goal after receiving a long pass from Bradley from midfield. This is the forward’s third international goal and his first since 2011.
While they never managed to score a goal, Mexico managed to put up an impressive defence that pressured the Americans.
“I think they had better luck with the ball, but they weren’t that much better,” Mexico coach Miguel Herrera said in his assessment of the match. “Their opportunities were really mistakes on our part, slipping on the field because we didn’t have the right cleats.”