Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.
» The game is at 10:30 PM Eastern on ESPN.
» Here are some fun facts and stats from myself and US Soccer’s game notes:
The US is 1-23-1 all-time against Mexico on Mexican soil, including a 1-19-1 mark in Mexico City.
The US is 0-13-1 all-time against Mexico on Mexican soil during World Cup Qualifying.
The US is 1-8-1 all-time against Mexico in Azteca, including a 0-5-1 record in World Cup Qualifying.
Only five Americans have ever scored against Mexico at Azteca: Willie Roy, (1974), Rick Davis (1980), Eddie Lewis (2005), Charlie Davies (2009) and Michael Orozco Fiscal (2012).
The US has led for a combined 20 minutes in the 10 games played against Mexico at Azteca all-time.
Mexico has only lost nine games all-time in 122 total games played at Azteca (80-9-33).
Mexico is 68-1-6 in home World Cup Qualifying games all-time, the only loss coming to Costa Rica in 2001.
The US has won a World Cup Qualifying match in Mexico City before, beating Cuba, 5-2, on September 21, 1949.
» The US’s lone point against El Tri on Mexican soil during World Cup Qualifying? A 0-0 draw in 1997 and here are some video highlights of that game.
» Could Jurgen Klinsmann be playing mind games with Mexico? He has called in Michael Orozco Fiscal last minute as an injury replacement for Jermaine Jones. Here is video of MOF’s goal from August since it never gets old.
» Want a tactical preview of the game? Head over to The Shin Guardian for their preview.
» The Mexican press found ways to watch in on practice earlier this week. And I guess Klinsmann didn’t like this.
» Omar Gonzalez is pumped for the game and reveals that Club American has been interested in him over the last two years.
» As for some non-USMNT links. Tab Ramos has some quotes on the U-20 World Cup draw and confirms that the team will be playing in the Toulon tournament in France in May. Freddy Adu is officially headed to Brazil. And here is a video interview with Jozy Altidore from last week courtesy of AZ’s website.
As for tomorrow, I like to think I’m a pretty level-headed guy who sides on caution, but I’m having good feelings about tomorrow for some reason. Thinking 1-1 draw.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.