The United States and Mexico played an international friendly on Tuesday night, which typically doesn’t mean anything. However, the testy non-friendly games played by the two countries over the last couple of years means that even when the game means nothing, tempers tend to flare.
Case in point: this heated confrontation in the 65th minute between American defender Matt Miazga and Mexican winger Diego Lainez. After Lainez is called for a foul due to giving Maizga’s shirt a slight tug, the two exchanged words. Miazga immediately pulled out his trump card, and mocked Lainez’s shorter stature. For the record, Lainez is listed at 5’5″ and Miazga at 6’4″, putting almost a full foot of height difference between the two players.
Everyone eventually calmed down and play resumed, only for Mexican player Angel Zaldivar to be shown a red card less than two minutes later for a dangerously high tackle into the shin on Wil Trapp. With the man advantage for the last 20+ minutes of the game, the United States eventually broke through via a Tyler Adams goal — the first international goal for the young 19-year-old — and won the game 1-0.
All in all, a fairly entertaining game considering it didn’t mean a damn thing.