With World Cup looming, Michael Bradley sparks USMNT in a 2-2 draw with Mexico | 2014 World Cup
The U.S. played Mexico to a spirited 2-2 draw last night in a World Cup tune-up friendly in Arizona. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann continues to tinker with with his lineup ahead of this summer's Brazil tournament and last night saw Toronot FC DP Michael Bradley taking over a centralized attacking role for the Americans to much acclaim. Contributing a goal and an assist, Bradley bossed the midfield for much of the first half. Even Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera was duly impressed.
Featuring an all-MLS starting XI, the Americans struck first in the 15th minute when Bradley snuck in back post to volley in a pinpoint corner from aporting KC's Graham Zusi.
But the Mexicans stormed back in the second half. Former New York Red Bulls defender Rafael Marquez gave Mexico life with a goal in the 49th minute while Alan Pulido found the equalizer in the 67th minute.
MLSsoccer.com has loads of coverage with U.S. player ratings, how the American's central defense is still shaping up, and Armchair Analyst breaks down how Klinsmann's positioning of Bradley in a diamond midfield helped open the game up and leads to more options for Brazil.