Mexico’s First Loss to U.S. at Home, on a Mexican American’s Goal

Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2012


On Wednesday night, Mexico was defeated by the United States in a friendly match at the cavernous high-altitude Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, 1-0, the first win for the U.S. on Mexican soil in 75 years of a storied and often bitter rivalry.

The only goal of the game came from U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal, 26, a Mexican American native of Orange.

When it happened, in the 79th minute, utter silence seemed to befall the entire Mexican capital for a second or two. The United States had not won a single game at the Azteca, and Mexico had barely lost there against any opponent, in official matches or friendlies.


But U.S. goalie Tim Howard delivered crucial saves for the Americans, despite being battered with harrasment from the stands, a custom relished by fans at the Azteca. (At least one pesky person Wednesday was distracting the U.S. goalie with the light of a green laser.)

There was surprisingly little bad blood for Orozco in Mexico’s media the next morning and among armchair analysts online.

Where could an ardently nationalist fan draw a line on criticism anyway? The U.S. friendly roster is rife with border-blurring athletes, a reflection of the complex historical migration patterns between the  countries, and maybe a little of that free-trade spirit that has defined the binational relationship since 1994.

Edgar Castillo, a defender born in Las Cruces, N.M., has played for both the Mexican and U.S. national teams. Midfielder Joe Corona — half-Mexican, half-Salvadoran and born in Los Angeles —plays professionally for Tijuana. And Herculez Gomez, born in L.A. to Mexican American parents, plays in Mexico for Pachuca.


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  • mobilebay

    I’m sure Mexico will demand a recount, an apology and will send 50 million more Mexicans here.

  •  That team that beat mexico was without a doubt the least “american” U.S. National team I have ever seen take the field.

  • JackKrak

    Ok, fair enough – the guy who scored grew up speaking Spanish at home & all the rest of it, BUT…..

    At least he plays on the right team now. I’m a boxing fan & it seems that half of all fights on tv lately feature a guy born somewhere in the US that fights with a Mexican or Puerto Rican flag on his trunks. just recently, Danny Garcia – born in Philadelphia – beat Amir Khan for two light welterweight titles, a pretty big deal. And what did he say after the match? That it was a victory for Latinos everywhere.

    Latino first, American second. The guy who scored for the US at least appears to be American first – at least give him that.

    •  Oh PLEASE!  He’s only playing for the U.S. team because he is too crappy to play for the meixcan tri-colores. 

  • IstvanIN

    So Sur de Mexico beat Mexico Norte, and this concerns us how?

  • BernieGoetzFan

    I have not seen the U.S. soccer team for a few months. In 2010, they were very white – often starting 8 whites among the 11 players. But within a year they were about half black, half white. I noted that very few Hispanics played for the team despite the fact that they love soccer.

    In any event, the U.S. team is pretty bad and I hope they do not qualify for the World Cup given the racial dynamics of “our” team. Better Mexico win than this affirmative action squad.

  • I am surprized that the Mexicans did not riot when the Americans won.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    The libs keep screaming that “borders” are imaginary, but they would be if they had their way. Race is really the only thing that give borders any meaning.