PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Andres Guardado #18 of Mexico controls the ball in front of Eric Lichaj #14 of the United States during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oribe Peralta's shot on a cross from Andres Guardado found the back of the net to give the Mexican side an early 1-0 lead over the USMNT.
After the United States got off to an early start in the Gold Cup Final in June, Mexico was first to strike this time as Oribe Peralta netted a goal coming after a cross from Andres Guardado. The goal had come after a set piece for El Tri.
Other than that it has been a fairly even match thus far on the pitch in Philadelphia. Though this is a friendly, it is important for the morale of the Americans that they put up a good showing this evening and over the next few international friendlies.
Things got chippy in the 29th minute after a quick Mexican throw in, Guardado was tripped near the box by Steve Chreundolo. Teammates from both sides came to the spot to defend their side, and some shoving ensued. Guardado would then miss a free kick wide of the net.
The Americans have traditionally been slow starters in recent years and it will be vital that the keep the deficit at just one goal if they wish to tie or win the match.