Christian Pulisic reacts to 0-0 draw against Mexico

Lizzy Becherano
Christian Pulisic celebrates draw vs. Mexico despite failing to score.
Christian Pulisic celebrates draw vs. Mexico despite failing to score. / John Dorton/ISI Photos/GettyImages

The United States men’s national team held Mexico to a 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca on Thursday night, maintaining their second place spot on the Concacaf table in World Cup qualifying.

Chrisitan Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna inspired the team’s best chances of the night, forcing Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa into several monumental saves.

Despite not getting the goal to secure three points, Pulisic is celebrating the performance as the USMNT head into their most decisive World Cup qualifier on Sunday against Panama.

“We put ourselves in a position to play on Sunday and win and go to the World Cup,'' Pulisic said.

"But of course I'm disappointed I missed a chance, and I would have loved to have won the game, I think it's a game that could've gone either way. I thought we had the better offensive chances and we had good spells, but a draw is fair."

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter echoed his player’s enthusiasm, categorizing the draw as a “positive disappointment.”

“It’s positive disappointment. That’s how I categorize it,” Berhalter said of Thursday’s result.

“The group is jazzed. They’re psyched. It was a good performance. We wanted to be the first team to beat Mexico at Azteca in official competition and we fell a little bit short. But the mood’s not down. Not at all. It’s the opposite. We know we’re going home. I can’t say enough about the effort of the guys. To expend that much energy at altitude like that is phenomenal.”

The USMNT must now defeat Panama on Sunday night at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida to remain competitive within the top three teams on the Concacaf standings. The American side can also qualify with a victory against Panama should Costa Rica lose to El Salvador. 

The pressure is high for the USMNT after failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.