We took our seats about an hour before kick-off (not in the upper deck, about 14 rows up near the edge of the 18 yard box) and even with the stadium only about a quarter full the volume was already jacked up quite a bit. Landon, the player the Mexico fans love to hate received the loudest reaction from the crowd at his introduction, cheers from the US, jeers from the Mexico contingent. I was definitely charged up for the game at this point!
Mexico came out fired up and really did a good job of closing down the US everywhere on the field really limiting our possession for the first 20-25 minutes. They had the majority of the ball and created a couple of half chances that Howard was able to easily handle. We finally came into the game a little bit through Dempsey's hold up play and Donovan finally getting into some space. Onyewu's goal came against the run of play and they equalized quickly on a free kick. The rest of the half though showed some of the better play by the US as we kept the ball a bit and were dangerous on attack, leading to 18 year old Jozy Altidore's (#9) first goal in a US shirt and a 2-1 half time lead. I think Bradley has been smart about not putting too much pressure and expectation on the kid up to this point, but goals like this in big games will make it hard for the boss to bring him along slowly.
The second half started much like the first with the US playing much flatter than Mexico and they made us pay right away with a goal from a corner (um, Drew Moor, this may be your last chance for a while unless you learn to follow your man just a touch better). Once the substitutes started flowing the chances dryed up for both teams, though the US got some more consistent possession once Benny Feilhaber came into the midfield. Overall Mexico deserved at least the 2-2 result, if not better. Hopefully the US can take this and grow, improve, and get more consistency as they head into qualifying in June.
Overall, this was an awesome experience, well worth the expense and the travel, though I don't think I'd be able to manage it more than once a year or so. I'm already strategizing a WC qualifying trip though!