​Against all odds, the United States Men's National Team has escaped one of the toughest places to play in international soccer with a point in World Cup Qualifying.

The U.S. has been in much better form since Bruce Arena took over, but we wouldn't have been able to blame them for dropping one against the best team in the Hex.

But the Yanks held on for a crucial point, in part thanks to the early-game heroics by Michael Bradley. The cagey son-of-a-coach caught Mexico napping in just the sixth minute.

Ochoa was way too far out of his net for that one, and Bradley made him pay.

But as they tend to do, Mexico answered just over midway through the first half.

​​This just goes to show how quickly things can turn in the international game. A failed chance by Bobby Wood turned into an electric counter by Mexico.

The second half was dominated by the home side, as well. But a few timely clearances by Geoff Cameron, as well as key saves by Brad Guzan allowed the U.S. to escape with a much-needed point on the road.

All of a sudden, the road to World Cup Qualification looks much, much brighter.