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Tyler Adams’s Goal Lifts United States Past Mexico

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United States 1, Mexico 0

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Tyler Adams, center, after scoring past Mexico goalkeeper Hugo González for the decisive goal on Tuesday.CreditCreditFrederick Breedon/Getty Images

NASHVILLE — The teenager Tyler Adams scored his first international goal as a young United States side defeated 10-man Mexico, 1-0, on Tuesday in an exhibition.

Adams, a 19-year-old midfielder for the Red Bulls of M.L.S., burst into the penalty area to tuck away an Antonee Robinson cross in the 71st minute to settle a hard-fought encounter at Nissan Stadium.

His winner came after tempers flared during the second half of the latest meeting between the two North American soccer rivals.

Mexico’s Ángel Zaldívar was shown a red card in the 66th minute for a brutal challenge on midfielder Wil Trapp, who was lucky to escape serious injury.

Zaldívar’s wild tackle came just moments after several players joined a scuffle prompted by a confrontation between the United States’ Matt Miazga, a France-based defender, and the Mexican prodigy Diego Lainez.

Lainez, 18, had been Mexico’s best player during a dominant first-half display in which El Tri carved out promising openings without being able to convert the pressure into goals.

The Mexicans were in control for long periods in the opening half. Their best chance came when Roberto Alvarado headed the ball toward the goal in the 16th minute, only to see United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen tip it over.

The complexion of the game changed, however, when United States Coach Dave Sarachan replaced Eric Lichaj with the left-footed Robinson, who plays for Wigan in the second-tier English Championship, early in the second half.

Robinson’s introduction gave the United States greater width down the flank, and when Zaldívar was dismissed midway through the half, the hosts seized their chance to stretch Mexico further.

Robinson galloped down the left wing into space and calmly picked out Adams, who had sprinted 40 yards to join the attack.

The youngster cleverly picked his spot and placed his finish beyond the wrong-footed Hugo González.

The victory was a morale booster for Sarachan’s side, whose starting lineup averaged just 11.2 caps per player.

Sarachan, who has served as the interim United States coach for nearly a year after the departure of Bruce Arena following last year’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, made six changes from the team that was outclassed by Brazil on Friday.

The defeat was Mexico’s fourth consecutive loss, following defeats by Sweden and Brazil at the World Cup and a 4-1 drubbing by Uruguay on Friday.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page B12 of the New York edition with the headline: Red Bulls Teenager Lifts U.S. Past Mexico in Heated Game. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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