Geoff Cameron's impressive performance 

August, 15, 2012

It was the big question heading into Wednesday's historic victory in Mexico City: How would the U.S. defense, with 19 caps' worth of experience on the back line between them, handle a high-flying El Tri squad boasting one of world soccer's greatest home-field advantages?

As it turned out, unbelievably well.

Second-half subs Brek Shea, Terrence Boyd and goal scorer Michael Orozco Fiscal will long be remembered for combining on the 80th-minute winner, but the makeshift back four that kept the powerful Mexicans off the scoresheet deserve even more praise.

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Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.