Austin FC's Q2 Stadium became another hot spot for international soccer on Thursday—and instead of Verde, a sold-out crowd opted for red, white and green as they watched Mexico's 2-2 draw with Chile.
Despite a late weekday night game, the 9 p.m. friendly match drew in over 20,000 supporters as El Tri took on La Roja. Both teams featured young lineups, with former USMNT player and LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo making his debut for the Mexican side.
And that same crowd erupted into cheers as Mexico's Santi Gimenez struck first, scoring in just the ninth minute to give the de facto home team the lead.
Chile ramped up their attacking side and nabbed a goal of their own off a rebound from Mexico keeper Carlos Acevedo, with La Roja's Ivan Morales tying it up in the 21st minute.
After a quiet end to the first half, Mexico took another lead off a set piece in the 64th minute, when Club America teammates Sebastian Cordova and Jordan Silva teamed up to make it 2-1 on a Silva header. But Mexico would be unable to keep the lead as a last-minute drive from Chile's Pablo Parra brought the final score to 2-2.
The Mexican men's national team took a 2-2 draw to Chile at Austin's Q2 Stadium on Thursday. (Seleccion National/Twitter)
Even with a draw, the match marked history for Austin soccer fans, many of whom pledge allegiance to El Tri. It's the first international match featuring Mexico players in Austin since Liga MX's Tigres UANL came to Q2 in July.
But the third winless match in a row has put a damper on the Mexican side, which sits at third in the Concacaf World Cup qualifying standings behind the United States and Canada.
Next up, Mexico will continue its World Cup qualifying stretch in January, while Chile will take on El Salvador in a friendly in Los Angeles on Dec. 11. Home team Austin FC will head back to Q2 for its home opener against FC Cincinnati on Feb. 26.
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