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 By Tom Marshall

Several players make World Cup case as rusty Mexico rumbles to win

After Jonathan Gonzalez's second-half cameo against Bosnia, ESPN's Herculez Gomez questions Juan Carlos Osorio's decision to deploy him in a more advanced position.

SAN ANTONIO -- Three thoughts from Mexico's 1-0 victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina on Wednesday at the Alamodome in El Tri's first game of 2018:

1. Experimental Mexico coast to victory

A Hugo Ayala header in the 65th minute earned the win for Mexico in front of 26, 867 in San Antonio to start El Tri's 2018 off on the right foot. But this wasn't a match that will live long in the memory.

The game lacked rhythm and cohesion from Mexico. It was perhaps natural that it should, given the inexperience...

Wasteful Mexico beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in friendly

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After Jonathan Gonzalez's second-half cameo against Bosnia, ESPN's Herculez Gomez questions Juan Carlos Osorio's decision to deploy him in a more advanced position.

Mexico could only manage one goal in a 1-0 friendly win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in San Antonio on Wednesday night -- the first match of 2018 as the team prepares for the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Mexico were firmly on the front foot from the outset against an inexperienced B&H team, with Giovani dos Santos scuffing an early chance to open the scoring before Carlos Vela skied a shot over the crossbar on 10 minutes.

But for all their dominance in possession and chances, Mexico failed...

U.S. draw feels like a missed chance for raw squad to get fans excited

An experimental United States squad ended its annual January camp with a scoreless draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

CARSON, Calif. -- Balance is a major consideration whenever a manager puts together a roster or a starting XI. The coach has to weigh attack vs. defense, youth vs. experience and so on.

The stakes involved also play a part. The calculus is different for a friendly than, say, a World Cup qualifier, which brings us to Sunday's friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina, one that ended in a 0-0 tie.

Interim manager Dave Sarachan had spent the previous 18 days putting 29 players, most of them light on...

Good spells mix with bad in tepid U.S. draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina

An experimental United States squad ended its annual January camp with a scoreless draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. men's national team started 2018 with a tepid 0-0 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bill Hamid and Zack Steffen combined for a shutout, though it took Haris Medunjanin missing a second-half penalty to keep the visitors scoreless.

Here are three thoughts from a typically ragged January encounter.

1. It's that time of year

The circumstances surrounding this January camp were unique, to say the least. While it has historically been comprised almost entirely of MLS...