Gio Reyna (11) is fouled by Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez (4). (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

Thursday night’s draw was the USA’s third consecutive World Cup qualifying result vs. Mexico at the formidable Estadio Azteca, improving its record in qualifying at the venue to 0-5-4. Previously, the U.S. drew 1-1 with Mexico on June 11, 2017, and 0-0 on March 26, 2013, after three straight WCQ losses at the historic venue.

The USA is 22-36-16 all-time against Mexico and holds a 17-9-7 advantage since 2000.

U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter played in a World Cup Qualifier at Azteca in 2005 and tonight became the second person to both play and coach in a World Cup qualifier for the United States in Mexico along with Bob Kehoe, who played in the away qualifier in 1965 and coached the National Team there in 1972. Berhalter is the first to play and coach a qualifier at Azteca.

Berhalter improves to 33-8-7 as U.S. head coach.

The Starting XI had an average age of 24 years, 136 days.

The USMNT starting lineup averaged 29 caps and 16 appearances in official competition.

Nine of 11 starters also began the USMNT’s 2-0 win against Mexico on Nov. 12, 2021, in Cincinnati. The other two starters, Kellyn Acosta and Christian Pulisic, were both substitutes in that match.

Six players started the 3-0 win against Honduras on Feb. 2 in St. Paul, Minn.: Kellyn Acosta, Ricardo Pepi, Antonee Robinson, Miles Robinson, Tim Weah and Walker Zimmerman.

Tyler Adams and Antonee Robinson earned their 11th WCQ appearances tonight, moving into a tie with the injured Brenden Aaronson for the team lead during the 2022 qualifying cycle.

Kellyn Acosta, Christian Pulisic and DeAndre Yedlin each started their second World Cup Qualifying match at Azteca. The trio were part of the lineup in the USMNT’s last visit to Mexico City, a 1-1 draw with El Trí in 2018 World Cup Qualifying on June 11, 2017. Paul Arriola also appeared in that match.

Tyler Adams captained the USMNT for the eighth time tonight. The team is 4-1-3 when Adams wears the armband.
Pulisic made his 21st WCQ appearance, moving into a tie with John Harkes, Eddie Lewis and Oguchi Onyewu for 17th on the USMNT’s qualifying appearances list.

The son of Mexican parents, striker Ricardo Pepi earned his 10th international cap. At 19 years, 74 days, Pepi is the fourth youngest player to reach double-digit appearances for the USMNT, following Christian Pulisic (18 years, 54 days; Nov. 11, 2016 vs. Mexico), Juan Agudelo (18 years, 214 days; June 25, 2011 vs. Mexico) and Yunus Musah (18 years, 348 days; Nov. 12, 2021 vs. Mexico).

Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, defender Reggie Cannon and midfielder Gianluca Busio did not dress for the match. Teams are allowed five substitutions in three different moments during World Cup qualifying matches.