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Hello and welcome to game day!
From Snowfairyland to the Hell in the Heavens–for the United States that is. It’s the Azteca and the location almost as much the lede as the team on each side.
In this corner, the United States, phoenixing out of their first World Cup qualifier nadir in Honduras to slap together a 1-0 result on home…ice.
And in the other corner, the champion–Gold Cup 2011 that is–Mexico’s El Tri, needing a tune-up after captiulating in San Pedro Sula on Friday.
Plenty of hitting below the belt, probably a few rabbit punches, definitely not a good clean fight.
Let’s get it on!
|March 26, 2013||U.S. Men vs. Mexico *||10:30 p.m. ET||Estadio Azteca
Mexico City, Mexico
|ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision|
The ESPN brought an A team with analysts Alexi Lalas, Alejandro Moreno (terrific) & Taylor Twellman in the house. Oh and of course, Bob Ley and The Knighted, Sir Ian Darke.
Live Commentary: Right here at TSG!
• MLSSoccer.com’s Simon Borg says the US should go 5-across in the back. Not a bad idea, but enough prep?
• Grant Wahl ponders whether the Azteca has lost it’s aire of invincibility.
• Jon Levy of The Yanks Are Coming with a preview, players to watch for each side and a prediction.
• ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle and Eric Gomez debate whether the US or Mexico is in better form and who has more to lose.
• The heartfelt tug-of-war that comes with this rivalry when you’re Mexican-American.
• Landon Donovan trains with the University of Wisconsin. How the players felt he did.
American Outlaws members gather here.
TIm Chandler would do okay here Tuesday night. 65, clear and cool in the forecast when the States take the field.
It’s sleeping right now (4-5ft, non-breaking) and likely will hibernate again–unless there is a Pacific hurricane–through October, but Todos Santos on Baja’s north side is…
This is Tom Curren–the smoothest surfer who ever waxed a stick, below in the grainy video.
The data on USA v. Mexico:
» With its first victory on Mexico’s home soil last year, the USA is now 1-23-1 all-time in Mexico.
» The lone draw in Mexico was a scoreless stalemate on Nov. 2, 1997, in World Cup Qualifying. The U.S. was reduced to 10 men when Jeff Agoos was shown a red card in the 32nd minute for elbowing Mexico’s Pavel Pardo. The USA also was without four regular starters in goalkeeper Kasey Keller (thumb) and midfielders Claudio Reyna (suspension), Tab Ramos (ACL) and Earnie Stewart (calf).
» The U.S. has yet to post a win in Mexico during World Cup Qualifying, holding a 0-13-1 record heading into Tuesday’s game.
» The U.S. is 1-8-1 in Estadio Azteca, including a 0-5-1 record in World Cup Qualifying.
» Overall, the USA is 16-32-12 all-time in international competition against Mexico and 5-15-5 in World Cup Qualifying. The USA’s 60 previous meetings against Mexico are the most against any country in U.S. Soccer’s history.
From the video archives:
(2007: Benny Feilhaber with a golazo for the United States to win the Gold Cup. The US fell to Mexico 5-0 in 2009.)
(1997: Emergency defending in the box by Eddie Pope; Alexi Lalas treating El Tri as bowling pins in the box)
On the US:
» DaMarcus Beasley vs. Javier Aquino is another match-up to watch today. Klinsmann instruction to Beasley should be, “Stay narrow, stay in front.” Keep it a simple instruction as Beasley–like Fabian Johnson–is known to be all over the place
» What a game for Omar Gonzalez if he goes. Just more than a year ago, Gonzalez was irritated he wasn’t being called into US camp and hinting that he might start paying attention to the murmurs that he–which is eligible–trot out their for El Tri. Gonzo in Azteca it all comes together.
» Can’t see Kljestan starting on the interior as he hasn’t worked in partnership there with Michael Bradley since June 2009 at the Confederation Cup. Expect Edu or Beckerman in there and Kljestan wide (maybe for Zusi if he starts).