Thu Aug 11 12:05am EDT
The U.S. played their first match under Juergen Klinsmann without surnames on the back of their shirts in order to "make sure that everyone is focused on the most important thing on the uniform - the crest representing the United States" (and because the kit man didn't haven time to apply them after late number changes, according to Klinsmann). With the starters numbered 1-11 and the subs 12-18, the team's play in the first half of their friendly against Mexico was just as anonymous as their kits. They went into halftime down 1-0 off a nice Oribe Peralta volley off a rocket of a cross from Andres Guardado.
The U.S. came alive in the second half, though, with Brek Shea coming off the bench to put in a fantastic performance and set up Robbie Rogers for a tap-in equalizer mere seconds after Rogers came on for Michael Bradley.
Once again, the referee didn't do the U.S. any favors, though. Landon Donovan had a clear penalty shout denied and Gerrardo Torrado was only shown a yellow card for dragging Rogers to the ground by his shirt tail as he made a break for goal in the 88th minute (pictured above).
After the final whistle, Landon gave his critique to the ref in the form of a troll face...
Anyway, the biggest plus on the night was that none of Klinsmann's players had an accident during the game like Omar Arellano seemed to...
Photos: @kriswrx, @HotFootMcCook