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With eye on Gold Cup, U.S. tops Mexico in friendly

Jordan Morris (left) scored the USA in a 2-0 win over Mexico on April 15, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The United States broke a scoreless stalemate early in the second half to earn a 2-0 win over Mexico in an international friendly before a capacity crowd of 64,369 at the Alamodome on Wednesday.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Morris -- currently a student at Stanford University -- and Juan Agudelo scored the only goals in a game that saw the Americans extend their unbeaten streak against Mexico to six consecutive games (3W-3D-0L).

Morris put the defending CONCACAF Gold Cup champion ahead 1-0 in the 49th minute with his first international goal in just his third appearance.  Michael Bradley played the ball into the middle of the Mexico defense to Gyasi Zardes, but his return pass took a deflection off a Mexican defender.  A charging Morris ran onto it, took a touch and slotted a shot from eight yards under goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo.

Exactly a year since he last made an appearance for the U.S., Agudelo replaced Morris in the 65th minute and it did not take him long to make his presence felt.  Only seven minutes later, the 22-year-old latched onto a long pass from Bradley.  He shifted from left to right across the top of the box, before drilling a shot that went off Saucedo and inside the left post for a 2-0 advantage.

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough, who was born in Mexico to American parents, replaced U.S. veteran Nick Rimando at halftime for his second cap.

Mexico will returns to action on May 30, when it hosts Senegal in Tuxtla Gutierrez, while the will visit the Netherlands on June 5.

 
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