AT THE HALF: Vela cancels out Bradley’s bomb — USA 1-1 Mexico

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Exhale. And, exhale. And, once more.

After 45 minutes of Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in Mexico City, the U.S. national team and Mexico are all square, at 1-1.

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Michael Bradley’s opener came after just six minutes, from 40 yards out, as it sailed over the head of Guillermo Ochoa and hit the back of the net inside a stunned, silent Estadio Azteca (WATCH HERE).

Mexico hit back not long after, though, as Carlos Vela finished a lightning-quick counter (after Bobby Wood whiffed a golden chance from six yards out on the other end) by beating DaMarcus Beasley atop the 18-yard box and firing past Brad Guzan to make it 1-1.

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With 45 minutes to go, it’s all to play for. The Yanks would be thrilled with a draw, while El Tri will accept nothing short of all three points. Hit the link above to follow along with the action at Azteca, and of course, check back with PST for all the post-game coverage you could possibly want, tonight, tomorrow and the days to come.