And Juventus midfielder McKennie completed the three points for the United States against his rivals shortly before full-time, where he lost at home from close range.
Now halfway through the qualifying period, USMNT moved to the top of the standings with the win. While the United States and Mexico are tied at 14 points, the United States has a slightly better goal difference.
After the victory, Chelsea striker Pulisic paid tribute to the rivalry that the United States and Mexico have developed over the years.
“That’s what makes a great rivalry and I’m just really happy that we could get to the top again tonight. We knew it would always be a good match against Mexico and getting three points helps just getting a lot closer to qualifying for the World Cup. “
The victory is the United States’ third over Mexico in CONCACAF competitions in 2021, the first time USMNT has beaten Mexico three times in a calendar year.
Although the traveling Mexico started brighter at TQL Stadium, Pulisic’s 17th goal for his country struggled for control of the game for the home team.
And McKinnie doubled the lead with a few minutes left after sending his effort past the desperate Guillermo Ochoa in goal.
A fierce rivalry, the game was not without blazing temper, with yellow cards being handed out to players on both teams after a fight over a throw-in.
Defender Miles Robinson received another yellow card in the 90th minute, which means he will miss USMNT’s next match on Tuesday against Jamaica.
After the match, Mexico manager Gerardo Martino said his team remained focused on the World Cup qualifiers.
“We need to focus on finding a way to regain our form in qualifying.”
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