Geoff Cameron

Bradley's stunning early goal helps US to 1-1 tie at Mexico

Michael Bradley watched Hector Moreno's pass to Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in the center circle and thought back to the videos he had seen of the star pushing the ball back. So even before Chicharito tapped the ball toward Hector Herrera, Bradley stepped up.

The U.S. captain knocked the ball toward Mexico's goal, sprinted to catch up and lofted a right-footed chip from about 40 yards over goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa's outstretched arm and under the crossbar.

The crowd of 81,000 at Estadio Azteca was stunned. The United States had taken the lead six minutes into Sunday night's World Cup qualifier.

"Here you know that if you catch a ball right, that...