U.S., Mexico get off on the wrong foot in World Cup qualifying

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So who had the worst day on the opening of World Cup qualifying on Wednesday?

The United States lost to Honduras on the road 2-1. After taking a lead in the first half, that has to be considered a disappointment.

But Mexico went out that night at notorious Estadio Azteca and wilted under the immense expectations of its own fans in a 0-0 draw with Jamaica. Even before the end of the game, fans had fled the premises in droves and those who remained were mercilessly mocking and booing their own team.

It's just one game, but losing precious points at home is a terrible way to start for Mexico.

The United State can shake off a road loss. Honduras is a solid side, after all. But it's the way they played under coach Jurgen Klinsmann that's more concerning. Even after taking a 1-0 lead on a Clint Dempsey goal, it was clear Team USA was struggling to hold possession in midfield. There's plenty of time to regroup for both Mexico and the United State, but it wasn't the start they needed.

- Brian McNally

bmcnally@washingtonexaminer.com

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Brian McNally

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