Mexico Defeats US In Arena Soccer Thursday at Family Arena

by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, MO (August 24, 2017) – Some of the best arena soccer players from the United States and Mexico treated fans to an action packed matchup Thursday evening at the Family Arena. Backed by a boisterous cheering section, the Mexicans prevailed

Mexico got on the board first when Erick Tovar found the back of the net just 36 seconds into the game. Gordy Gurson answered for the US team less than a minute later. As the clock ticked down on the opening stanza, Brandon Escoto scored for Mexico with one second remaining.

Joey Tavernese scored the equalizer for the US at 2:12 of the second quarter, tying the score at two. Hiram Ruiz, Tovar and Bogar Moreno all tallied for Mexico, giving them a 5-2 lead at the halftime break.

At 10:04 of the third period, Tovar completed the hat trick to give Mexico a 6-2 advantage. That lead increased to seven when Luis Sandoval scored at 13:41. Taylor Bond answered for the US at 14:21 to closed out the quarter with Mexico ahead 7-3.

Matt Clare struck early for the US squad with his goal 19 seconds into the final stanza. Mexico answered with goals from Alexis Camarena (2:34) and Christian Gutierrez (11:36) to nail down the 9-4 win.

The special exhibition contest was co-sponsored by the St. Louis Ambush, who kick off their 2017-18 season in November. For up-to-date information about the St. Louis Ambush and the Major Arena Soccer League, visit the St. Louis Ambush website at and the Major Arena Soccer League’s website at