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Sunday, June 5, 2011
Mexico and El Salvador tied at halftime

By Master Tesfatsion

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mexico and El Salvador have been evenly matched in a scoreless first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup contest at Cowboys Stadium.

Mexico had four shots in the first half, one on goal. Andres Guardado’s missed header from inside the goalie box was El Tri’s best shot at a goal. Rising international sensation Jaiver “Chicarito” Hernandez’s only highlight was a yellow card issued in the 27th minute. He’s been pretty quiet offensively for Mexico. Francisco Rodriguez was also booked a yellow card in the 28th minute.

El Salvador also had its chances to score with one on goal in five attempts. Despite the discrepancy in fan support compared to Mexico, El Salvador doesn’t have any bookings and committed five fewer fouls, 11-6, than El Tri.

The atmosphere has been nonetheless electric throughout the tie game. Even with a NBA Finals game being played 20 minutes away, 80,108 fans have made it pretty difficult to find an empty seat in the house.