Josh Sargent (O’Fallon, Mo.) scored twice in the first half, including an unbelievable solo effort, and Blaine Ferri (Southlake, Tex.) and Ayo Akinola (U.S.-Canadian dual citizen) had one apiece as the Americans (2-0-0, +6 goal differential) defeated Mexico in World Cup qualifying for the first time. Sargent and Ferri had one assist each. They’ll conclude the group stage Saturday against last-place El Salvador.
The U.S. squad features 11 players with MLS ties: Chris Durkin* (D.C. United), Ayo Akinola* (Toronto FC), Christopher Gloster* (New York Red Bulls), Jaylin Lindsey* (Sporting Kansas City), James Sands* (New York City FC), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake), Christopher Goslin* (Atlanta United), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers), Andrew Carleton* (Atlanta), Zyen Jones (Atlanta) and Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas).