First off, thanks to Andrea for a great running blog.
The result, of course, was 2-2. Not sure if the U.S. deserved the win but ultimately I too felt it was a pretty fair result. Mexico had the majority of possession and the U.S. barely had enough energy to finish the game. Their possession was non existent the last 15-20 minutes, really.
As far as the U.S. goes, I think there were more negatives than positives. Ramiro Corrales and Drew Moor had a collectively terrible game, and upped the stock of Jonathan Bornstein and Steve Cherundolo, respectively. Corrales was shaky with the ball and was lost at times while Moor was downright ineffective on the set pieces. Moor did serve a nice ball to Altidore, however, but his defensive shortcomings were not canceled out on that one play.
Landon Donovan was nowhere to be found. I don't remember him doing anything worthwhile the last 60 minutes or so. Clint Dempsey was ineffective as well. However, I'm still waiting to see a replay of his goal to see if it was really offside. Michael Bradley was also ineffective.
Oguchi Onyewu showed his downside as well, giving up fouls outside the box. He's still a good central defender but isn't the pillar of strength Carlos Bocanegra is.
Tim Howard showed why he's the number one goalkeeper. His diving, twisting save on Fernando Arce's shot was class.
As far as Mexico goes, Guillermo Ochoa is still young. I'd fault him for the first goal, as he wildly came off his line and was in bad position overall on Onyewu's goal. He couldn't do a damned thing on Altidore's goal so that one's not his fault.
Pavel Pardo upped his own stock. His set piece ability is still there, but I'm not sure I like him paired with Gerarod Torrado in the middle of the field.
Adolfo Bautista also breathed life into his own national team future. He was a beast out there.
Jonny Magallon is the defensive revelation under Hugo Sanchez. Obviously, he's not a goal scorer but his ability on set pieces showed.
Mexico had plenty of possession but again slipped into their previous mode of relying on set pieces for offense. Mexico had often relied heavily on corner kicks and free kicks instead of mounting attacks and scoring in the run of play. Part of that was Tim Howard, as he made some good saves, but Mexico should have created more chances and scored at least once in the run of play.
Overall, the match was entertaining and lived up to the hype, though the U.S. could have shown better for itself. And now the series has its first draw since 2003, and the first 2-2 draw since 1997. Four goals is the most that have been scored between the two teams since the aforementioned match, a World Cup qualifier played in Foxboro, Mass.