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Ferreira equalizer gives the USMNT a 1-1 draw with Mexico



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The USMNT’s unbeaten streak against continental rivals Mexico extended to five games with a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night in Arizona, thanks to an 81st minute equalizer from Jesus Ferreira.

Ferreira was able to convert off a deflected pass from Jordan Morris to put things on level terms for the U.S. after they conceded an Uriel Altuna in the 55th minute. Altuna beat Sean Johnson for the goal after he was hung out to dry by a poor clearance attempt from Aaron Long that Altuna deflected forward to set up a 1v1 breakaway.

Johnson did well to deny Roberto de la Rosa’s bid to double El Tri’s advantage in the 73rd, which kept the U.S. in the game in front of a crowd of 55,730. The match was billed as the inaugural Allstate Continental Clásico.

Though there weren’t any players with local ties in the match, there were 8 players from the 2022 FIFA World Cup roster in the starting XI and 18-year-old Caleb Wiley made his USMNT debut as a late substitution.

The U.S. and Mexico will meet again with more on the line in the semifinals of the Concacaf Nations League in Las Vegas on June 15.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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