Juan Carlos Osorio calls U.S. out for defensive tactics in Mexico draw
MEXICO CITY - Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said the United States came to the Estadio Azteca with a defensive plan and that his team lacked the creativity to overcome the resistance in a 1-1 tie on Sunday at Estadio Azteca.
"I think their intention from the start was to defend, with a line of five and three midfielders to stop our attacks," said Osorio after the match. "They played for an error or the possibility of a transition, which is what happened [for Michael Bradley's opening goal]."
Osorio stressed that his team took risks and that he'd given opportunities over the past two matches to Luis Reyes and Jesus Gallardo, which will be beneficial in the future. However, he added that Mexico needs to turn possession -- El Tri had 74 percent over the 90 minutes -- into chances and goals.
"Our obligation is to keep working and translate the efficiency that our team is showing into effectiveness in the final third to complete our plays better," he said.
Osorio got up and left after making a postmatch statement that lasted just over one minute, with no players talking to the press after the game.
El Tri swiftly left the stadium quickly after the match and headed to Mexico City airport. The squad will fly to Amsterdam overnight and will arrive in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday evening ahead of next Sunday's Confederations Cup opener against Portugal.
Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.