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U.S. ties Mexico 0-0 in World Cup qualifier

  • Mexico's Carlos Salcido, left, and United States captain Clint Dempsey vie for the ball during a 2014 World Cup qualifying match at the Aztec stadium in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY — Brad Guzan swatted away shot after shot and the Americans hung on for a 0-0 draw with Mexico on Tuesday night, earning only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.

"It's always going to be a bit hectic and a bit crazy, especially late in the game," Guzan said. "You're never going to come to a place like Azteca and go out and have it nice and easy. So we knew at some point, it was going to come, the pressure was going to come, and we were able to deal with it."

The tie moved the U.S. (1-1-1) into third place in World Cup qualifying for the North and Central American and Caribbean region after three of 10 matches, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference. The Americans and Costa Ricans both have four points, but the Ticos are ahead on goal difference.

After playing at Jamaica on June 7, the U.S. will be at home for four of its last six qualifiers.

"We wanted to win, but we are pleased with the result," coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "They gave us everything they have."


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