US gains 0-0 draw at Mexico, in strong position to qualify

  • United States' Yunus Musah, left, and Mexico's Jesus Corona vie for the ball during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • United States' Christian Pulisic, left, and Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa grimace on the ground following a clash during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • United States’ Ricardo Pepi, center, and Mexico’s Cesar Montes (19) compete for the ball during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Azteca stadium in Mexico City on Thursday. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY — Christian Pulisic pounded the ground three times just past Mexico’s goal line after his point-blank shot was blocked in the 35th minute.