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Mexico may have the USA's number in associated football (do Pablo Barrera, Giovani dos Santos and Javier Hernandez ring a bell?), but when it comes to American football, they are still relegated to second fiddle.

On Tuesday, the USA, under head coach Mel Tjeerdsma, exacted some sort of payback for the demise of their soccer counterparts in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final by defeating Edgar Zapata's Mexican national team by the score of 17-7 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Former Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Cody Hawkins is the USA's main playmaker on offense. Hawkins passed for 267 yards, setting up a couple of touchdown runs by DaShawn Thomas. Thomas's two-yard plunge with nine minutes remaining sealed the fate of a spirited Mexican squad.

With the victory, the States have a shot at defending their crown against either Japan or Canada on Saturday, July 16 at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria.

Earlier in group play, the USA defeated Australia 61-0. The ...

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