Soccer: Mexico nips U.S. in qualifier

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 13, 2009

MEXICO CITY (AP) ó Mexican coach Javier Aguirre showed his relief after his team’s 2-1 victory over the United States on Wednesday in a critical World Cup qualifier.
“Today is a day to celebrate, drink a few tequilas, and then get back to work,” Aguirre said after Miguel Sabah’s goal in the 82nd minute gave Mexico the come-from-behind victory. “Everybody will go to bed tonight a bit more relaxed.”
The victory ó driven by a patient rally ó eased the pressure on Mexico, which has been struggling in World Cup qualifying. The loss for the United States was almost expected. The United States has played 24 times in Mexico and lost 23. The only tie was a 0-0 draw in 1997.
The Mexicans are fourth in CONCACAF qualifying, with only the top three teams automatically advancing. Costa Rica, a 4-0 loser Wednesday night against Honduras, leads the group with 12 points, followed by the United States and Honduras with 10, and Mexico with nine.
The U.S. should stay on course to qualify if it wins its two remaining home games.