Carlos Vela Equalizes After Genius Level Movement From Chicharito

The U.S. lead lasted only 17 minutes before Carlos Vela equalized for Mexico in the 23rd minute.

A lethal counterattack from Mexico started with a Guillermo Ochoa throw and ended with Carlos Vela cutting in from the right before firing a shot inside Brad Guzan’s near post. In between, there was a lot of understated brilliance from Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

Chicharito controlled Ochao’s throw inside Mexico’s own half and immediately drove at the American defense. With Kellyn Acosta looking to close him down, Chicharito delivered a devastating nutmeg before playing it wide to Vela.

Chicharito then continued his run, drawing two markers with him and opening up space for Vela to unleash his shot from the top of the box. The defenders Chicharito took with him couldn’t offer any support to DaMarcus Beasley, and he couldn’t get close enough to stop Vela's effort. 

It’s a brilliant run and finish from Vela, but Chicharito’s work in the buildup and his movement is world-class.

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