The opening match in Cuiaba comes a day after labor officials prevented construction from resuming in part of the stadium hosting the World Cup opener in Sao Paulo. The decision was made because of safety concerns following a worker's death over the weekend, the third at the venue and seventh overall.
"We're still in a good position heading into the World Cup," Zavala said. midfielder Landon Donovan, who is hoping to play in his fourth World Cup, was bothered by left knee soreness during training sessions earlier in the week and did not start, entering the match as a sub in the 59th minute.
"He didn't train well," Klinsmann said. "He understood it. He was ready and came off the bench, no problem."
The delay came in part because the initial bidding process for the seats was suspended over prosecutors' claims that they were overpriced. A court battle ensued over the suppliers and the installation took longer than expected to begin.
their respective World Cup rosters. Mexico hosts Israel in Mexico City on May 28.
The stadium was one of the six that were not finished by the end of last year as expected by FIFA.
Mexico's first goal came off a corner kick from Marco Fabian to Marquez, who found space in the box for an on target header. Four minutes later, Marquez got free for another header that goalie Nick Rimando had to tip over the cross bar.
"All the players that were here today gave everything they had, and if they understand that a game goes at least 90 minutes . we had 55, maybe 60 maximum at that (World Cup) level. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, lamenting a non call against Green in which he wanted a penalty in the closing minutes of the game. "You saw in some moments what this kid is capable to do. He goes in the box, he draws two guys. . It is what it is. Obviously he was nervous, too. He played his first cap in front of 60,000 against Mexico."
be inaugurated in April, but FIFA expects the stadium fully ready only in mid May, about a month before the opener.
Sao Paulo was already behind schedule even before the death of a 23 year old worker on Saturday, Adidas Hat Gold which prompted labor officials to halt the installation of the temporary seats that will be needed for the Brazil Croatia opener. Work isn't expected to resume until next week as constructors scramble to add safety features to the site.
"The first half we came out really well. The second half Mexico kind of got together and played really well," Wondolowski said. "There's a lot of learning points that we take from this game that can help us out throughout the summer."
Wednesday's match will have limited attendance because organizers could only install about 20,000 of the 41,000 seats at the stadium. Fans will only occupy the lower seating sections.
will open on Wednesday with a Brazilian Cup match between Santos and Mixto, but work is far from complete at the stadium, one of three yet to be declared ready for the World Cup in two months' time. The official inauguration is set for April 26.
Mexico turned a dreadful first half into a tight game following captain Rafael Marquez's 49th minute goal. Mexico became more active on the attack and threatened to tie on almost every run in the second half.
Green appeared to injure his shoulder in the 80th minute after he fell down, but was checked out quickly on the sideline and returned to the field. Klinsmann said Green simply lost his balance.
The match served as a pre World Cup tuneup for both teams as they evaluate players to be on Nike Caps Red
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As in most World Cup stadiums in Brazil, infrastructure work around the Arena Pantanal continues at full speed, with bulldozers, cranes and dump trucks still at the site as hundreds of workers try to finish access roads, sidewalks and temporary structures.
Local organizers and FIFA said the work stoppage is not expected to significantly delay the stadium's date of completion. Local officials said it will Nike Hats
Both teams had chances to take the lead late in the match. Second half substitute Eddie Johnson was ruled offside and his goal was nullified in the 85th minute. Mexico's Miguel Angel Ponce took a shot in the 86th minute that barely went over the goal. looked as if it might run away with another satisfying win over its biggest rival. less than 15 minutes to get on the scoreboard.
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The tying goal came in the 67th minute. Alan Pulido collected the rebound of Paul Aguilar's shot that hit the post and kicked the ball into an open net.
Midfielder Michael Bradley outran Mexico midfielder Jesus Zavala to a corner kick that went far post from Zusi, and Bradley finished with one touch to give the Americans the early lead. set the pace of the match early, making runs down the field several times and making Mexico's defense work and drawing corner kicks. took a two goal lead in the 28th minute with some effective passing. Clint Dempsey sent the ball wide to Tony Beltran, a defender making just his third appearance for the national team. Beltran crossed to Bradley, who found Chris Wondolowski to his left near the goal, and Wondolowski slotted the ball into the net. wins over Mexico in the long history of the rivalry.
The match is not going to be considered an official test event for local the World Cup organizing committee in part because not all security measures will be in place.
SAO PAULO (AP) The World Cup stadium in the Brazilian host city of Cuiaba is staging its first official match with only half of its seats installed and construction work still underway.
Green, the product of German club Bayern Munich's developmental system, recently committed his international soccer future to the United States national team. national teams from the U 16 to U 19 levels. He was called in last year by Klinsmann, but declined the invitation to attend the team's camp at that time.
"We got a tie that we needed to get," Mexico goalkeeper Moises Munoz said in Spanish.
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