Skip to comments.USA-Mexico Live: Regional Soccer Supremacy at Stake in World Cup Qualifier [7:30pm ET ESPN]
Posted on 09/10/2013 4:41:45 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
The men’s national soccer teams of the United States and Mexico face each other in Columbus, OH, with much more than bragging rights at stake. Both CONCACAF giants are looking to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The U.S. will come within a point of sealing its place in Brazil with a victory. Mexico, needing a late charge up the hexagonal standings, will see Tuesday’s game as a perfect place to start its surge.
Both teams lost their previous game (the U.S. fell in Costa Rica, and Mexico lost at home to Honduras), but the results had dramatically different consequences. The Americans shook off their defeat in Costa Rica and looked ahead to the looming Mexican challenge. Mexico fired its coach, “Chepo” de la Torre and replaced him with Luis Fernando Tena — the man who led Mexico to Olympic Gold in 2012. “Stay the course” is the mantra coming out of the U.S. camp, while it’s the dawn of a new era for El Tri.
The U.S. will be without four starters. Midfield conductor Michael Bradley sprained his ankle during the warm-up before the Costa Rica game on Friday. Matt Besler, Jozy Altidore and Geoff Cameron are suspended. Meanwhile, Mexico will be without its midfield lynchpin Gerardo Torrado (suspension), but it’s likely that the change of leadership will have a rejuvenating effect on the rest of Tena’s group.
The U.S. will count on its vocal home support to help continue its impressive streak of not having lost a home World Cup qualifier in 12 years (a 25-game unbeaten run). In March, the U.S. and Mexico played a scoreless draw at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Should either team win on Tuesday, it can rightfully call itself the top team in the region less than a year before the World Cup.
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Go USA! Been waiting for this all day :-)
This, or the White Sox vs. the Tigers for me. I think the Sox will forgive me.
Go Stars and Stripes. (looking around, where did my parking valet go?)
Looks like the Mexicans won’t be watching the speech of Syria tonight.
We need to be sure Mexico leaves with as many players and staff as they came with. This could be another way for the traitors of Mexico to enjoy what the gringo has built.
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That flashing animated advertising banner around the stadium at ground level is very distracting.
Someone needs to take the controller away from the operator.
Major holding going on around the Mexico goal.
With all the red and white scarves being waved by the USA fans there, it looks like Anfield Stadium in Liverpool.
Let’s get the party started.
Watching a feed from Meh-hi-ho and the disappointment is obvious...and I don’t even know all that much Espanol.
It’s Over!!! USA Wins 2-0!!!!!
Honduras is winning 1-0 at halftime.......If they don’t lose, the US clinches a berth in next years’ World Cup.
Mexico is in big trouble, They’ve still got to play Panama and Costa Rica....if they lose to Panama, they’re toast.....Especially since Panama’s last game is against the US, with the US having nothing to play for.
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