US-Mexico rivalry finds a new home in Cincinnati, Ohio

It all started in 2016. After four consecutive 2-0 World Cup qualifying victories against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, the United States fell. 

On November 11, 2016, the United States men’s national team hosted Mexico in the fight for a ticket to the 2018 World Cup.  The Mapfre Stadium that had previously seen the USMNT’s greatest highs, quickly witnessed an American low. 

Fans entered the match expecting the United States to walk away with another 2-0 result, but the 89th minute saw the tables turn. 

Suddenly, the United States found themselves with an unfamiliar 1-1 scoreline. Then, a quick corner from Miguel Layun found the head of veteran defender Rafael Marquez, who perfectly redirected the shot to find the back of the net. 

24,000 spectators watched in silence. Mexico had triumphed in Columbus and defeated their North American rivals in a World Cup qualifier for the first time since 1972. 

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