The result -- 2-2 -- was not what the United States was looking for in their Wednesday' friendly against Mexico. But, if we're being honest, Seattle Sounders fans are probably at least a little relieved.
Why? Because both Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin came through without an injury, which means they should at least be available to play against the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
Of the two, Dempsey had the far heavier workload, going 90 minutes. Undeniably his best moment came on a would-be assist to Eddie Johnson on what would have been the winning goal in the 86th minute. Replays appeared to show that the combination was onside, with Dempsey threading a pass between two Mexico defenders and hitting Johnson in stride. Dempsey completed 29 of 34 passes while being paired up top with Chris Wondolowski and then Johnson. He also ended the match with a particularly poorly taken free kick.
Yedlin only played 19 minutes but looked much better in his second cap than he did in his first. The 20-year-old completed 10 of 11 passes and provided some quality over-lapping while also looking perfectly competent on defense. It wasn't the kind of breakout performance that would push him to the front of the line for Brazil, but he didn't hurt his case either.
On the off-chance you care about things that happened in the game that weren't related to the Sounders, the U.S. stormed out to a 2-0 first-half lead on goals from Michael Bradley and Wondolowski and then were forced to hang out after Mexico scored a pair of goals relatively early the second half.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
MEX 0 2 2
USA - Michael Bradley (Graham Zusi) 15th minute
USA - Chris Wondolowski (Michael Bradley) 28
MEX - Rafael Marquez (Marco Fabian) 49
MEX - Alan Pulido 67
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 6-Tony Beltran (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 72), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 59), 15-Michael Parkhurst; 14-Kyle Beckerman (7-Maurice Edu, 72), 19-Graham Zusi (10-Landon Donovan, 59), 11-Brad Davis (9-Julian Green, 59), 4-Michael Bradley; 17-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 64), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 16-Luis Gil, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
MEX: 23-Moisés Muñoz (1-Alfredo Talavera, 46); 28-Rogelio Chávez (22-Paúl Aguilar, 63), 6-Juan Carlos Valenzuela, 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 2-Francisco Javier Rodríguez; 27-Carlos Peña (9-Raúl Jiménez, 46), 17-Jesús Zavala, 7-Miguel Layun (16-Miguel Ángel Ponce, 68); 11-Alán Pulido, 18-Isaac Brizuela (10-Luis Montes, 57), 8-Marco Fabián
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Enrique Pérez, 26-Juan Carlos Medina
Head coach: Miguel Herrera
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 9
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offside: 3 / 1
MEX - Miguel Angel Ponce (caution) 76th minute
USA - DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 83
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea (PAN)
Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD