Mexico and the United States are approaching the world Cup

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Mexico and the United States are approaching the world Cup

USA's and Mexico's fans should enjoy viewing the standings as their teams break from World Cup qualifying until September.

In the all-important Hex standings that will go on to determine CONCACAF's World Cup representation in Russian Federation in 2018, the United States now find themselves tied for second in points after six games played.

Michael Bradley gave the visitors a shock lead just six minutes in when he chipped El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from some 40 yards out after a Mexico turnover in midfield.

Yet while it might not emphatically look like it on paper, under Arena the USA has resurrected itself from a ugly start to the campaign and is now a strong favorite to claim one of the region's three automatic spots in soccer's greatest event. One step, and in this case one point, at a time. But if a few too many areas start to come down ... we're going to start to put ourselves in some hard spots.

The United States is now 2-2-2 after six matches in the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) World Cup Qualifier, in third place behind Mexico and Costa Rica, according to Sports Illustrated. The top three teams in the six-team round robin competition qualify automatically for next year's finals in Russian Federation.

"As I was able to intercept the pass from Chicharito, I took the first touch and saw that he was a good ways out", Bradley said.

While he employed a standard 4-4-2 formation in the 2-0 home win over Trinidad, Arena decided as far back as January to start five defenders at Mexico. He said he told his players on the first day of training camp two weeks ago that there would be anywhere from seven to 11 changes, owing to the short turnaround and high altitude, and as recently as Saturday he was going to make nine changes.

Looking ahead to the Confederations Cup, there seems to be no consensus on not only who his best options are, but also whether he will favor a three or four-man backline. Nevertheless, Mexico in this selection on the road already took the victory over the U.S. team 1: 2. Hector Moreno passed to Hernandez, who passed back for Herrera in the center circle. An exuberant Bradley ran to the endline and raised the badge on his jersey to the several thousand red-white-and-blue-clad fans.

During the 1986 World Cup, it was at Azteca where a 25-year-old Diego Maradona got the ball just inside Argentina's half before spinning past and slaloming through the England defense to score the gamewinner.

The lead didn't last long though, Bobby Wood missed a chance to make it 2-0 and the counter was on. On the flanks, DeAndre Yedlin and DaMarcus Beasley worked efficiently, quickly closing down space and limiting a number of opportunities into the area.

Mexican fans by the thousands jeered and whistled during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner that played over the Estadio Azteca sound system before the United States played Mexico, USA Today reported. Both sides maintained the furious pace in the second half, with Mexico pressing relentlessly in search of a goal.

"Tim (Howard) at his age needs a little bit more time to recover", Arena said.

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski). U.S. forward Clint Dempsey, right, exchanges words with coach Bruce Arena after Arena sent in a substitute for Dempsey during the second half of a World Cup soccer qualifying match against Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, .

We have CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying with Mexico vs United States of America.

This might be as much in praise of Bradley and Bruce Arena's use of him in this game as it is an indictment of Jermaine Jones and his current place on the team.

"Look, we were pretty honest with ourselves and we had let a lot of little things drop", he said.

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